If the disease is chronic, it should be supplemented by oral medication, low dosage of doxycycline
, 20mg, two times a day. It is a submicrobial dosage, formerly known as periostat
, and eliminates the enzymes which are produced by the bacteria
that destroy the gum and jaw bone and cause pocketing. It also has been documented to raise the level of hdl
, the good cholesterol, and reduce hi sensitivity creactive protein
, measured by blood studies, which is used to measure risk to cardiac disease.
Since you cannot get rid of the bacteria, you can control it with this routine, used successfully in thousands of patients. However, you do need quarterly periodontal scaling/maintenance visits to help maintain your health. There is always some plaque left behind and it can be successfully removed and the condition controlled with these regular followups.