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Take a Look at How Antimicrobial Therapy Might Help to Treat Gum Disease

Posted on 4/15/2016 by Todd Jorgenson
A woman suffering from gum disease causing her pain.When it comes to treating gum disease, your first line of defense starts at home with your oral hygiene. Good brushing and flossing habits not only prevent gum disease, but they can also help to reverse the problem in its earlier stages.

However, there may be times when you need a stronger weapon on your side, and in these cases, your dentist might recommend some type of antimicrobial therapy.

What Exactly is Antimicrobial Therapy?

Antimicrobial therapy uses chemicals to kill bacterial growth that results in gum disease, and it is most commonly available in the form of antibiotics or antiseptics. Antiseptics are usually available in the form of oral rinses and are most often used to prevent gum disease.

Antibiotics, on the other hand, can be used to fight specific bacteria, and you may be instructed to take them in pill form or could have them placed under the gums.

What Happens After the Therapy?

After receiving antimicrobial therapy, it is important that you properly care for your teeth and gums. Brush a minimum of twice per day for at least two minutes, and make sure you are flossing at least once per day. If you were prescribed any medication, make sure that you are taking it as instructed.

If you had antibiotics placed under the gums, it could be a strange sensation, as you'll likely feel something under there. Don't floss in that area for a while so that you don't dislodge the medication.

If your dentist packs the area with a periodontal pack, try not to disturb it, and return to see your dentist in 7-10 days to have the area inspected.

While the risks associated with antimicrobial therapy are minimal, you should discuss them with your dentist. Contact our dental office about whether antimicrobial therapy might be right for you.

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