18 doctors weighed in:
Is it safe to take Periostat (doxycycline) for gum disease?
18 doctors weighed in

Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
5 doctors agree
In brief: Of course
Periostat (doxycycline) tablets are used to treat advanced gum disease and it is approved by FDA.
Ask your dentist for more information.

In brief: Of course
Periostat (doxycycline) tablets are used to treat advanced gum disease and it is approved by FDA.
Ask your dentist for more information.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. John Francis
Dentistry - Periodontics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Unless you are allergic to the tetracyclines of course.

In brief: Yes
Unless you are allergic to the tetracyclines of course.
Dr. John Francis
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Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
If you are allergic to tetracycline, or doxycycline, then you should probably avoid it.
The dose is subtherapeutic so it isn't meant to kill bacteria, but slow the breakdown of the gum tissue by interfering with its metabolism.

In brief: Yes
If you are allergic to tetracycline, or doxycycline, then you should probably avoid it.
The dose is subtherapeutic so it isn't meant to kill bacteria, but slow the breakdown of the gum tissue by interfering with its metabolism.
Dr. Ragan Faler
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Dr. Joel Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
yes, periostat is specifically designed for gum disease.
This is a low dose doxycycline for 3 months which has proven to help reduce pocket depths after scalings to improve periodontal health.

In brief: Yes
yes, periostat is specifically designed for gum disease.
This is a low dose doxycycline for 3 months which has proven to help reduce pocket depths after scalings to improve periodontal health.
Dr. Joel Doyon
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Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
General Practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes if not allergic.
It is safe to take Periostat (doxycycline) for gum disease if you are not allergic to it.
However, Periostat (doxycycline) alone won't control gum disease. Please seek the help of a dentist or a periodontist.

In brief: Yes if not allergic.
It is safe to take Periostat (doxycycline) for gum disease if you are not allergic to it.
However, Periostat (doxycycline) alone won't control gum disease. Please seek the help of a dentist or a periodontist.
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
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Dr. Eric Linden
Dentistry - Periodontics
In brief: Yes..but
We generally do not prescribe any long term antibiotics.
Generally, we prefer to use laser treatment to kill off the "bad bacteria" that cause gum disease.

In brief: Yes..but
We generally do not prescribe any long term antibiotics.
Generally, we prefer to use laser treatment to kill off the "bad bacteria" that cause gum disease.
Dr. Eric Linden
Dr. Eric Linden
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