You’ve probably seen plenty of the latest so-called ‘instant cures’ for periodontal disease. Many patients fall victim to a new drug, mouthwash or pill that claims to cure gum disease. Unfortunately, once a patient realizes that the product hasn’t lived up to its expectations, more periodontal destruction has taken place. Any ethical dentist looks for the best health solution for their patients, regardless of profit margin.
Be aware of the following treatments that often generate claims of cures that are either highly exaggerated or totally false.
- Mouthwashes – The most common is chlorhexidine, also known as the prescription Peridex. It is effective in reducing plaque and is often used in after-therapy. While it is safe, it can stain teeth over time, so extended use is not recommended. No mouthwash has been proven to be able to penetrate into the pockets created by periodontal disease, so the plaque that resides in them will still produce more disease. Mouthwashes are an excellent addition to a good oral care regimen. Ask your periodontist for recommendations.
- Vitamins and Supplements – A healthy diet can aid in a healthy body, and improvements in your overall health can improve the health of your mouth and vice versa. However, studies have not yet found a vitamin or supplement that can cure periodontal disease. Some supplements may aid in healing after surgery. They include vitamins A, C, D, calcium, Coenzyme Q-10 (Co Q-10).
- Antibiotics – Antibiotics are the usual solution to treat an infection. However, root scaling and planing has been proven as effective. Antibiotics are prescribed for very specific cases.