Certainly, the path to healthy teeth and gums is pretty clear: Brush, floss, see your dentist. But keeping your gums as healthy as they can be can often take a little extra effort. That effort is certainly worth it, as severe periodontitis (or gum disease) can lead to damage to the bone that supports your teeth. For those severe cases, your doctor may work with a compounding pharmacy to find a solution designed for your specific case.
What is Periodontitis?
- Swollen or puffy gums
- Bright red, dusky red, or purplish gums
- Gums that feel tender when touched
- Gums that bleed easily
- Pink-tinged toothbrush after brushing
- Spitting out blood when brushing or flossing your teeth
- Bad breath
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Loose teeth or loss of teeth
- Painful chewing
- New spaces develop between your teeth
- Gums that pull away from your teeth (recede), making your teeth look longer than normal
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
How are compounded medications used to treat periodontitis?
Working in partnership with the dental team, a compounding pharmacist can create pastes, gels, or washes that deliver medication in the best manner possible for each patient. A compounding pharmacist works with the dentist, and based on the patient’s dental history creates a unique solution taking that history into account. Because these treatments are unique to the patient, they can offer the best possible outcome, with the least chance of adverse effects.
Teeth and gums support
The paste or gel will maintain contact between tissue and medication for a prolonged period of time, increasing the possibility of resolving the infection. A recent study showed that a gel of this type using Metronidazole 25% in conjunction with standard treatments such as scaling and root planing showed significant improvement in the successful treatment of Periodontitis.
Health Dimensions Clinical Pharmacy has been providing pharmaceutical solutions to dentists and their patients since 1996. Locally owned and based in southern Michigan, Health Dimensions Clinical Pharmacy was among the nation’s first compounding pharmacies to earn accreditation by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) of the Accreditation for Healthcare Commission (2006). Our mission is to partner with healthcare providers to provide service excellence, accuracy, and rapid response for improved patient outcomes. To learn more about building a partnership, call Health Dimensions Clinical Pharmacy at (800) 836-2303.