|Numerous Periodontists have evaluated the ADJUNCTIVE use of systemic
antibiotics (by mouth) to halt the progression of gum (Periodontal) disease. Some benefit
has been demonstrated when these medications are incorporated into the treatment protocol
(used during such conservative procedures such as scaling and root
Current data to suggest that the use of systemic adjunctive antibiotic
therapy to reduce the need for periodontal surgery are limited and require further study
However, given the potential side effects of these drugs, including the development of
resistent bacterial strains or increased growth of opportunistic organisms (yeast
infections), incorporation of systemic antibiotic therapy into the routine management for
the majority of adult periodontitis cases cannot be justified at this time.
Systemic antibiotic therapy should be reserved for patients with continuing periodontal
breakdown despite meticulous scaling and root planing and oral hygiene care. In addition,
patients at high risk for periodontal breakdown, such as juvenile periodontitis
(genetic-predisposed) and patients with other early-onset forms of periodontitis, may be
treated with antibiotcs in CONJUNCTION with conventional forms of treatment, as scaling
and root planing.
Just What Antibiotics are Used in Treating Periodontal Disease:
Please follow the instructions for taking antibiotics carefully. There can be very
serious side effects that if not heeded can make you very sick. If you have any problems,
discontinue them right away and call Dr. Mao.
One way to prevent diarhea is to take YOGURT ("live culture"-plain).
WHEN TO START TAKING THE ANTIBIOTICS?
- Usually, START the Morning of the FIRST VISIT for Scaling and Root Planing or Surgery