Los Robles General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Arestin® Antibiotic Therapy

One of the treatments our dentist may recommend for gum disease is Arestin® antibiotic therapy. This treatment works to eliminate harmful bacteria from your mouth, and it is often combined with other periodontal therapies to provide the best results. Call our concierge at 805-449-9952 to set up a consultation with Dr. Mojgan Hashemi at Los Robles General & Cosmetic Dental and find out if Arestin antibiotic therapy in Thousand Oaks, California, is right for you.

ARESTIN® (minocycline hydrochloride) is an antibiotic medication used to treat periodontal disease. ARESTIN comes in the form of a powder containing microspheres (particles smaller than grains of sand) filled with medication and is placed inside infected periodontal pockets following a scaling and root planing procedure. These microspheres release the antibiotic gradually, actively fighting periodontal disease for 30 days in your mouth. Within 90 days of your treatment, ARESTIN should produce significantly better results than a scaling and root planing treatment alone.

After you have received a periodontal treatment using ARESTIN, we recommend that you:

  • Avoid touching the treated areas of your gums for one week
  • Wait to floss or use toothpicks in the treated areas for 10 days
  • Avoid eating hard, crunchy or sticky foods for one week following treatment
  • Stay hydrated
  • Limit your smoking and use of other tobacco products, as these will hinder the healing process
  • Keep all your follow-up appointments to ensure that your gum disease remains under control

ARESTIN is most effective as part of a good oral hygiene routine. Continue to brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth and gums clean and control the harmful bacteria and plaque in your mouth.

For more information about ARESTIN, please contact our office today.