Periodontal Disease Help
Here is a list of FDA approved products to help combat periodontal disease:
Over-the-counter toothpaste containing the antibacterial triclosan. The antibacterial ingredient reduces plaque and resulting gingivitis. The fluoride protects against cavities. Use it like a regular toothpaste.
Prescription mouth rinse containing an anti-microbial called chlorhexidine. Used to control bacteria, resulting in less plaque and gingivitis. Use like a regular mouthwash.
A tiny piece of gelatin filled with chlorhexidine. Used to control bacteria and reduce the size of periodontal pockets. The chip is placed in the pockets after root planing, where the medicine is slowly released over time.
A gel that contains the antibiotic doxycycline. Used to control bacteria and reduce the size of periodontal pockets. It is placed in pockets after scaling and root planing. Antibiotic is released slowly over a period of about seven days.
A thread-like fiber that contains the antibiotic tetracycline. It is used to control bacteria and reduce the size of periodontal pockets. These fibers are placed in the pockets. The medicine is released slowly over 10 days. The fibers are then removed.
Tiny round particles that contain the antibiotic minocycline. Used to control bacteria and reduce the size of periodontal pockets. Microspheres placed into pockets after scaling and root planing. Particles release minocycline slowly over time.
A low dose of the medication doxycycline that keeps destructive enzymes in check. Used to hold back the body’s enzyme response—if not controlled, certain enzymes can break down bone and connective tissue. This medication is in pill form. It is used in combination with scaling and root planing.
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