Gum disease happens when food debris or bacteria get caught between your gums, and aren't removed through thorough brushing or flossing. The food and bacteria eventually lead to an infection, which inflames your gums. If not treated, periodontal disease can take root, leading to a costly recovery.
Bleeding gums, gaps in your teeth, tender gums, or consistent bad breath are all signs of gum disease. There are multiple ways to treat it, but the one we'll focus on today is antibiotics.
Antibiotics in pill form, in the context of gum disease, are given during the early stages of the disease to help your body fight back the infection. The patient may also receive a dose of antibiotics directly under the gum. Long-standing infections may require more work in the form of scaling or root planning (the removal of plaque and tartar), or even surgery.
Sometimes the infection is deep in the gum line, and antibiotics need to be placed there in order to be extremely effective (as mentioned above). Antibiotics, such as Arestin, are perfect for this kind of treatment, as it's a concentrated dose of antibiotics right where it's needed most. The procedure is painless and simple: your dentist administers Arestin to the infected area...and that's about it. The antibiotics are housed inside small spheres that release over time, which in turn allows your gums to heal.
A couple of minor downsides: Crunchy or sticky foods are a no-no for 7 days. No caramel apples or pretzels, for example. Avoid flossing in the area for a few days, and try not to smoke during treatment if you can avoid it.
Ask your dentist about Arestin the next time you're in for a check-up, and most certainly if he brings up gum disease. Additionally, if you think you may have gum issues, it's best to get a free consultation (linked) to try and solve the problem before it develops and gets worse.