List of FDA Approved Products to Help Combat Periodontal Disease

BAD BREATH CURE By Mike Ganton (Page 4)

In some cases bone surgery or bone grafts may be necessary to rebuild bone that was destroyed by the periodontal disease. If there was substantial tissue damage grafts may need to be used to replace the soft tissue.

This procedure involves removing gum tissue from your palate to cover the areas where severe gingivitis has penetrated too far into the gum line. Your dentist or oral surgeon may also recommend further treatment and/or medications.

    List of FDA Approved Products to Help Combat Periodontal Disease:

    Colgate Total - triclosan and fluoride toothpaste
  • Over-the-counter toothpaste containing the antibacterial triclosan.
  • The antibacterial ingredient reduces plaque and resulting gingivitis. The fluoride protects against cavities.
  • Used like a regular toothpaste.
    Peridex or generic - chlorhexidine mouth rinse
  • Prescription mouth rinse containing an anti-microbial called chlorhexidine.
  • Used to control bacteria, resulting in less plaque and gingivitis.
  • Used like a regular mouthwash.
    Periochip
  • A tiny piece of gelatin filled with chlorhexidine.
  • Used to control bacteria and reduce the size of periodontal pockets.
  • Chip is placed in the pockets after root planing, where the medicine is slowly released over time.
    Atridox
  • A gel that contains the antibiotic doxycycline
  • Used to control bacteria and reduce the size of periodontal pockets
  • The gel is placed in pockets after scaling and root planing. Antibiotic is released slowly over a period of about seven days.
    Actisite
  • Thread-like fiber that contains the antibiotic tetracycline.
  • Used to control bacteria and reduce the size of periodontal pockets.
  • These fibers are placed in the pockets. The medicine is released slowly over 10 days. The fibers are then removed.
    Arestin microspheres
  • Tiny round particles that contain the antibiotic minocycline.
  • Used to control bacteria and reduce the size of periodontal pockets.
  • The microspheres are placed into pockets after scaling and root planing. Particles release minocycline slowly over time.
    Periostat
  • A low dose of the medication doxycycline that keeps destructive enzymes in check.
  • Used to hold back the body's enzyme responseâ€"if not controlled, certain enzymes can break down bone and connective tissue.
  • This medication is in pill form. It is used in combination with scaling and root planing.

Pharyngitis - This is an inflammation in the area at the back of the mouth known as the Pharynx and usually occurs because of a virus.

This is the same area where you begin to feel a slight "scratchiness" at the onset of a cold or flu. The bacteria involved can lead to more serious streptococcus, commonly known as "strep throat." If it progresses it can be highly contagious and because it is bacterial it will produce bad breath.

Poor dental hygiene - We have discussed some of the leading causes of bad breath, but nothing matches poor dental hygiene as a leading cause of bad breath.

Lack of brushing, flossing and regular checkups are the most important weapon for ridding oneself of bad breath and preventing more serious conditions from developing.

Sinusitis - This is an inflammation of the sinuses, with or without pus and can carry along with it not only bad breath but a terrible taste in the mouth.

Tobacco smoking - Tobacco smoking encourages growth of bacteria by drying the mouth. As we discussed previously, dry mouth is one of the leading causes of bad breath.

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