The information provided here is meant to give you a general idea about each of the medications listed below. Only the most general side effects are included, so ask your dentist or doctor if you need to take any special precautions. Use each of these medications as recommended by your doctor, or according to the instructions provided. If you have further questions about usage or side effects, contact your doctor.
Antibiotics to help treat periodontal disease are still being studied. Medications may be delivered in a number of ways, including as:
Pills, taken by mouth
Tiny fibers, microchips, or microspheres that can be placed between the teeth or into deep gum pockets to slowly release the medicine into the surrounding area
Gels that can be placed into infected pockets in the gums
To avoid stomach upset, be sure to take tetracycline with food. Wait two hours between taking antacids or drinking milk and taking a dose of tetracycline. Doxycycline and minocycline can be taken without food or milk. Always take these medicines with a full glass of water.
While you are taking tetracycline, tell your doctor or dentist prior to any medical or dental procedures or surgeries.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a