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What is Periostat®?

Periostat® is a prescription oral antibiotic approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). It is used to suppress your body's overproduction of enzymes that destroy tooth and gum tissue. When used in combination with a deep cleaning, it is an effective treatment in the battle against periodontal (gum) disease.

How does Periostat® work?

Deep cleaning is effective at removing plaque buildup and reducing the bacteria that cause gum disease. Bacteria, however, is not the direct cause of gum and dental bone tissue damage and eventual tooth loss. The damage is actually caused by your body's own defense against bacterial infection.

When gum disease is present, the white blood cells sent to combat the bacterial infection overproduce enzymes that destroy gum and dental bone tissue that support your teeth faster than the body can repair or replace it. When used in combination with a deep cleaning, Periostat® can help slow, stop, and sometimes reverse periodontal damage by suppressing overproduction of damaging enzymes and allowing the body to repair and rebuild damaged tissue.

Post-Treatment Care Instructions

Periostat® is a prescription oral antibiotic product that comes in tablet form. The duration of treatment is different for each person and depends on the severity of your gum disease and the time needed for your body's healing process to repair and rebuild damaged tissue. Your dentist will determine if you should stop or continue to take Periostat® based on your response to treatment and the level of improvement of your gum disease.

 

Information for this article provided by:

www.periostat.com (Periostat® is a product of CollaGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.)

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