Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease is a serious infection under your gum line.
ARESTIN® (minocycline hydrochloride) is an antibiotic that kills the bacteria that causes the infection.
- It’s placed directly in the infected areas—or “pockets”—in your gums.
- It’s applied right after scaling and root planing, the dental procedure that disrupts stubborn plaque and bacteria below your gum line—where brushing and flossing can’t reach.
ARESTIN® starts working quickly, right at the source of infection, and keeps fighting bacteria long after you leave the dental office. 1,2
ARESTIN® fights infection and inflammation for 30 days,2 and provides significantly better results than scaling and root planing alone for up to 90 days.3
HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS AFTER TREATMENT WITH ARESTIN®
- Don’t touch. Avoid touching areas of your gums that your dental professional has treated.
- Wait to brush. Wait 12 hours before brushing your teeth in areas that have been treated with ARESTIN®.
- Wait to floss. Wait 10 days before flossing or using toothpicks or other devices that clean between your teeth in areas that have been treated with ARESTIN®.
- Avoid eating hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for 1 week after treatment.
- Always follow up. Because the bacteria that cause periodontal disease are persistent, the infection can return. Please be sure to make follow-up appointments with your dental professional to maintain healthy gums and teeth.
- Keep your scheduled appointments. It is important to keep all of your dental appointments so that your dental professional can re-examine you gums, make sure the infection is under control, and measure the success of your treatment.
2. Goodson JM, Gunsollwy JC, Grossi SG, et al. Minocycline HCl microspheres reduce red-complex bacteria in periodontal disease therapy. J Periodontol 2007;78(8):1568-1579.
3. Williams RC, Paquette DW, Offenbacher S, et al. Treatment of periodontitis by local administration of minocycline microspheres: a controlled trial. J Periodontol 2001;72:1535-1544