There are a variety of treatments for gum disease depending on the stage of disease, how you may have responded to earlier treatments, and your overall health.
Treatments range from non-surgical therapies that control bacterial growth to surgery to restore supportive tissues.
The main goal of treatment is to control your infection. Your dentist will look at what’s affected to figure out where to start
One of the methods of bacterial control is Medication. Honestly there is no magic pill or cream that can cure gum disease. Still, your dentist may prescribe medication as part of your treatment.
Antibiotic treatments can be used either in combination with surgery and other therapies, or alone, to reduce or temporarily eliminate the bacteria associated with gum disease or suppress the destruction of the tooth’s attachment to the bone.
Some medication treatment options for gum disease include:
Containing chlorhexidine (CHX) or hexetidine are available over the counter (OTC) from pharmacies.
But there’s some debate about whether using mouth wash is necessary for people with healthy gums.
Mouthwashes cannot remove existing plaque. Only regular tooth brushing and flossing can do it.
Your dentist may recommend using mouthwash if it helps control the build-up of plaque, the sticky substance that forms when bacteria collects on the surface of your teeth.
Your dentist will be able to advise you about which type of
Mouthwash is most suitable and how to use it.
Chlorhexidine mouthwash can stain your teeth brown if you use it regularly.
Chlorhexidine (marketed as the prescription – only brands Peridex, periochip, perioGard, and by numerous other over-the-counter trade names) is an anti-microbial used to control plaque and gingivitis in the mouth or in periodontal pockets.
The medication is available as a mouth rinse or as gel.
You should not use a CHX mouthwash for longer than 4 weeks.