Antibiotic Gum Disease Treatment in the Belvidere/Rockford Area

Antibiotics: Fight Gum Disease With This Versatile Treatment

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common dental problem that affects millions of Americans and many people worldwide. Fortunately, antibiotics used either alone or in conjunction with other treatments can help fight gum disease. At Chapko & Shah Modern Dentistry, our Belvidere dentists can prescribe antibiotics to help you control your symptoms and increase the effectiveness of your treatment.  

What Are Antibiotics?

Antibiotics are powerful medications used to fight bacterial infections. They work by killing bacteria or preventing them from reproducing. There are two main types of antibiotics used to treat gum disease: oral and topical antibiotics.

Oral antibiotics are taken by mouth, while topical antibiotics are applied directly to the gums. They are often used in combination with other gum disease treatments, such as scaling and root planing, and pocket reduction to eliminate bacteria and reduce inflammation. Common oral antibiotics include doxycycline, amoxicillin, and metronidazole, while chlorhexidine and minocycline are common topical antibiotics. 

Benefits of Antibiotic Gum Disease Treatment

Antibiotic gum disease therapy offers many benefits, including:

  • Helps reduce inflammation and swelling in the gums
  • Kills the bacteria that cause gum disease
  • Helps prevent the infection from spreading to other areas of the mouth
  • Can be combined with other treatments such as root planing and scaling and pocket reduction for more effective results

Who Qualifies for Antibiotic Gum Disease Treatment?

Your dentist may recommend antibiotic gum disease treatment for patients who:

  • Have moderate to severe gum disease
  • Have deep pockets around their teeth
  • Have gum disease that hasn’t improved with other treatments
  • Are at risk of developing a more severe form of gum disease

If you’re unsure whether antibiotic gum disease treatment is right for you, speak to your dentist for advice. They’ll be able to tell you if you qualify during your initial consultation. 

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Chapko & Shah Modern Dentistry

530 S State St #101
Belvidere, IL 61008

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