Approximately 65 million Americans suffer from gum disease. Specifically, the main culprit of gum disease is plaque–a sticky film that coats your teeth. This film contains millions of bacteria and if it isn’t removed, it will release acids that not only erode your enamel and cause cavities but will also irritate and inflame your gums, leading to gum disease. Untreated gum disease may eventually result in tooth and bone loss. Two effective ways to treat advanced-stage gum disease is through scaling and root planing and Arestin® periodontal.
Arestin® or minocycline HCI microspheres 1mg is a concentrated antibiotic (powder form) that is applied to the deep pockets of your infected gums after a scaling and root planing procedure. The medication continues to be active once placed in the pockets for an extended period. This is done to lessen pocket depth so your gums can heal faster and more efficiently. Typically, this medication is given together with scaling and root planing.
Why do periodontists recommend this application if the traditional way of treating gum disease is through scaling and root planing? Is it really necessary? Let’s check out the benefits of Arestin® Periodontal.
Patients who leave their gum disease untreated are at risk of bone loss and tooth loss. Furthermore, they are at risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Studies reveal that gum disease has also been linked with dementia and pregnancy problems. You can help prevent gum disease from escalating by brushing and flossing your teeth daily and by seeing your dentist to have your teeth cleaned professionally.
Are you exhibiting signs and symptoms of gum disease? If you think you have it, make sure you call your periodontist right away so they can assess your gums and treat the problem accordingly. You may need both scaling and root planing and Arestin® Periodontal.
At Lifeway Dental, we are devoted to providing you with comprehensive and superior quality dental care. Our years of experience in the industry have given us the confidence and expertise to handle any dental case. If you have questions about our services, contact us! We’d love to hear from you.