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Antibiotics For Gum Disease
Supplemental: Antibiotics alone will not help much. Gum disease beyond gingivitis has no cure but can be controlled through initial therapy and rigorous oral hygiene followed by frequent maintenance visits ( usually every three months). Surgery may be done to aid long term prognosis. Antibiotics and laser treatment can be used as well to ensure a good long term result. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bacteria in the mouth living in a thin film is called plaque. Plaque that is not removed through brushing can harden and form “tartar”, a hard mineral shell, that brushing can’t remove. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or hygienist can remove tartar. When plaque builds on the tartar surface, it irritates and erodes healthy gum tissue. This early stage of gum ...Read more
Gum Disease Tx: The early phase known as gingivitis is easily reversed with a professional cleaning and proper home care (brushing and flossing). As the disease progresses into the more serious form known as periodontitis, treatment becomes more extensive and complicated. The more the bone loss, the more difficult to treat. Medical conditions also play a role in success. Maintenance after treatment is key! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have been using chlorhexidine oral rinse for gum disease everyday for months. I was wondering is this rinse safe to use long term?
Poor choice: The way to treat gum disease is with definitive dental treatment by a trained dentist to include such modalities as scaling and root planing, along with surgical procedures as\if necessary. Plaque control and general health are also essential to success. Adjuncts such as Chlorhexidine rinses and tetracylines may also be helpful in some cases. Get a periodontal consult for your best options. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Professional care: Advanced periodontitis must be treated by a highly trained general dentist or periodontist. The treatment will involve an intense and deep cleaning, use of systemic antibiotics, special rinses, possible gum surgery, rigorous homecare, 3-4 professional cleaning a year and possibly the placement of localized antibiotics. Regardless, there is no real cure, but vigilance will keep it in remission! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dull sensation : With local anesthetics, dental treatment pain is the stuff of mythology and hysteria--if and only if you don't wait until dental disease is a full blown infection. In some advanced, abscess cases, anesthetic doesn't work 100%. In those cases, i'll prescribe antibiotics and home care remedies until infection subsides and then provide therapy. Much more confortable for both of us! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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