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Medications for Periodontal Disease

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by Carson-DeWitt R
 
The information provided here is meant to give you a general idea about each of the medicines listed below. Only the most general side effects are included, so ask your dentist or doctor if you need to take any special precautions. Use each of these medicines as recommended by your doctor or according to the instructions provided. If you have further questions about usage or side effects, contact your doctor.
Medicines used to treat periodontal disease may be delivered in a number of ways, including as:
  • Pills
  • Mouthwash
  • Tiny fibers, microchips, or microspheres that can be placed between the teeth or into deep gum pockets to slowly release the medicine into the surrounding area
  • Gels that can be placed into infected pockets in the gums

Prescription Medications

Other Macrolides such as Azithromycin, Minocycline, and Doxycycline

Prescription Medications

 

References


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Gum disease: what you need to know. American Academy of Periodontology website. Available at: http://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease.htm . Updated May 2011. Accessed August 13, 2012.


Lexi-PALS. Chlorhexidine gluconate. EBSCO Health Library, Lexi-PALS website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/healthLibrary . Updated June 28, 2010. Accessed August 13, 2012.


Lexi-PALS. Metronidazole. EBSCO Health Library, Lexi-PALS website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/healthLibrary . Updated November 4, 2010. Accessed August 13, 2012.


Lexi-PALS. Tetracycline. EBSCO Health Library, Lexi-PALS website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/healthLibrary . Updated May 5, 2010. Accessed August 13, 2012.


Metronidazole oral. PubMed Health website. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0011193 . Accessed August 13, 2012.


Periodontal (gum) disease. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website. Available at: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/GumDisease . Updated May 2011. Accessed August 13, 2012.


Periodontal (gum) diseases. American Dental Association website. Available at: http://www.ada.org/3063.aspx . Updated March 2011. Accessed August 13, 2012.


Tetracycline. PubMed Health website. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0001778 . Accessed August 13, 2012.


United States Pharmacopeial Convention. USP DI . 21st ed. Greenwood Village, CO: Micromedex; 2001.

 

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