Periodontal disease is an infection of your teeth and gums but not many individuals are unaware of what it actually is or how it is different from other gum infections, for example, say gingivitis. Despite careful dental care and a regular oral hygiene (such as brushing and flossing), it is still possible to develop periodontal disease.

Although research on the subject is still in its infancy, recent data indicates that there might be a deeper link between periodontal disease and increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some types of cancer as well as the risk of delivering low-weight and premature babies.

Periodontal disease comes with several side-effects and risks, and the best way is to stop it in its tracks. Arestin is an antibiotic powder that treats periodontal disease.

Arestin (the medical term for it is minocycline hydrochloride) is carefully placed by your dentist into deep tooth pockets just after completing the root planning and scaling procedure. This helps Arestin to fight periodontal disease in its early stages.

Another option for treating multiple deep pockets is using a diode laser. This laser is very effective in decontaminating the deep pocket and reducing the bacterial count hence reducing the pocket depth.

Whether using Arestin or laser, a revaluation is necessary to make sure that the pockets has resolved, if not, a referral to a periodontist is recommended.