Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that starts in the gums. If left untreated, it can attack your jawbone and lead to tooth loss. The good news is, antibiotics in conjunction with scaling and root planing, surgery or curettage can eliminate the bacteria. In some cases, an antibiotic can remove the infection without any additional treatment.
Both oral and topical gels are an option for antibiotics to treat periodontal disease. Experts have thoroughly researched the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment for gum disease and found it to be very effective.
Because oral antibiotics affect the whole body instead of just the gums, they are not as popular of a treatment option for treating periodontitis. However, if you and your dentist decide that an oral antibiotic is what’s best for you, there are several options.
Gels and strips deliver antibiotics directly to the affected area to stop inflammation and the spread of the bacteria that causes periodontitis. Because these treatments are so direct in treating what ails you, periodontists tend to favor them over oral antibiotics.