What is Periostat?

Periostat is a medication in tablet form used in the treatment of periodontitis.  It is an antibiotic in the tetracycline drug class, but extremely low dose.  It is indicated for use as an adjunct to scaling and root planing to promote periodontal ligament attachments, keeping the tooth root attached to the alveolar bone and reducing gum pockets.  This medication does not treat bacterial infections, but it may help to prevent breakdown of gum tissue. Antibiotics do not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.

Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue around teeth.  Without treatment, periodontitis can destroy the bone that supported the teeth.  This can cause teeth to loosen or lead to tooth loss.  Periodontitis is a common disease but can usually be prevented.

Periostat reduces the effect of the collagenase enzymes. This can make your gums healthier
and increase the stability of your affected teeth.

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