Atridox, also known as doxycycline, is an antibiotic gel that is locally applied to help treat chronic gum disease in adults. When bacteria form beneath the gum line, they can cause infection. To prevent the growth of infection-causing bacteria, this medication is placed inside the deep space that lies between the teeth and gums. It then hardens and gradually disintegrates, steadily releasing the medication into the system.
How does it work?
Atridox works by disrupting the creation of proteins by bacteria. This interruption may help to halt the process of infection. In addition, this medication is said to increase the overall health of the gums and mouth, and potentially slow or stop the advancement of periodontal disease.
How is the treatment applied?
The treatment period for Atridox is typically seven days, though this varies by individual needs. This medication begins in a gel form that is gently applied to the tiny pockets just below the gum line. It then fills up the entire pocket and hardens to a wax-like substance that stays in the mouth for seven days.
During the treatment period, it’s important to brush and floss carefully and thoroughly as you may need to be gentler than usual. Patients may also be prescribed a mouthwash.
Are there any side effects?
Atridox is generally well received by most patients, although some may experience mild side effects. These side effects can include soreness, discomfort, or sensitivity in the gums or teeth, cold-like symptoms, and headache. On rare occasions there may be more severe reactions to this medication, such as an increase in blood pressure, sunburn, a loosening of teeth, or jaw pain. Some people may also experience an allergic reaction that may appear as itching or a rash on the skin, swelling in the face or mouth, or trouble breathing. It is important to contact us immediately if you exeperience any severe side effects.
Atridox can potentially interact with other medications. For example, it may interfere with estrogen pills and patches, including birth control. Patients taking hormonal contraceptives are often advised to use a backup method of birth control during treatment. This medication may also cause skin sensitivity, and those under treatment are advised to stay out of direct sunlight, or keep well covered. Sensitivity may continue up to two weeks after treatment has ended.
What can I do to prevent periodontal disease from returning?
Follow Dr. Arambulo’s aftercare instructions. She’ll let you know what it is that you need to do to take care of your gums. If you have any questions during your periodontal treatment and aftercare, get in touch with us by calling Encino Office Phone Number 818-788-2155.