Calming Sore Gums
Periodontal disease can ruin your smile and your health. For years, the only option for someone with the disease was oral surgery. Now there’s a new therapy that’s quick and painless.
Alan needs a dentist badly. He neglected his teeth for years while battling lupus. Now he has periodontal disease. “Now my lupus is in remission, and I intend to live for a long time. So I’d like to have my teeth,” says Alan.
Dr. is treating Alan with a drug called Atridox. The antibiotic gel is squirted into the pockets of the gums where bacteria grows. Atridox solidifies, then time releases high concentrations of an antibiotic. Eighty-five percent of those treated with Atridox show distinct improvement.
“We see profound changes in the pocket depths and level of inflammation in patients that have had this therapy,” says a periodontist in Denver.
In advanced cases of periodontal disease, gums bleed easily and are swollen. Teeth fall out. It can also lead to heart disease and low birthweight babies. Atridox is a painless, non-surgical way to fight back.
After battling lupus, Alan says the gel is an easy treatment, “I’m hoping that I can avoid surgery altogether. That would be financially rewarding and certainly painless.”
To insure good dental health, dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, eating a balanced diet and visiting your dentist regularly.