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What is Arestin treatment?

Arestin is a powerful antibiotic that is applied directly into the gum pockets once scaling and root planing has been completed. This means that the rest of the body is not exposed to the medication, and it can work exactly where it is needed. Arestin helps fight off harmful bacteria long after you leave our office, as it can help fight infection for two to four weeks after application. Gum pocket depth has been shown to be reduced a few months after treatment as well. When applied directly after a periodontal cleaning, Arestin acts as a preventative measure, but it can also be applied in between cleanings to eliminate existing bacteria.

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How will I know if I need Arestin gum therapy?

Our treatment plans are always customized based on each patient’s unique needs, and Dr. Akinwande will be happy to assess your teeth and gums to create a treatment plan that will work well for your smile. Patients with gingivitis or mild periodontal disease do not typically need Arestin gum therapy. Arestin is applied in gum pockets once the plaque and tartar are removed, and if a patient does not have gum pockets that are at least four millimeters deep, Arestin is not usually applied. Our team can discuss your treatment options with you further during your consultation.

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What should I avoid post-treatment?

There are a few things patients should keep in mind when they leave our office to help the effects of their Arestin treatment last for as long as possible. You should resist touching your gums as much as you can, avoid eating or drinking anything for thirty minutes after your appointment, and avoid brushing your teeth for 12 hours. You will want to keep up with your regular oral hygiene routine except for flossing or doing anything to clean between your teeth for ten days. It’s also recommended that patients avoid eating chewy, sticky, or sharp foods like nuts and chips for at least a week, as they could harm your gums.

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