How gum infections happen
Periodontal (gum) disease is very common
Everyone’s mouth contains bacteria that cause gum disease. That’s why it’s the most common chronic bacterial infection in adults. In fact, the majority of adults in the United States have it. With regular checkups and good daily oral hygiene, it’s possible to keep this infection under control. Since early gum disease symptoms are often mild, many people are not aware of their condition until it becomes more serious.
Why would you use an antibiotic to treat periodontal (gum) disease?
Bacteria are the cause of gum disease. And antibiotics kill bacteria. Scaling and root planing (SRP) removes a great deal of bacteria that cause periodontal infections. But this procedure can't reach bacteria that hide in the bottom of pockets. That's why your dentist may decide to add a locally administered antibiotic (LAA) such as ARESTIN®.
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