Prophylaxis or regular teeth cleanings are an essential part of maintaining good oral health and hygiene. Regular teeth cleanings provide the patient’s dentist or dental hygienist the opportunity to catch the early signs of gum disease , tooth decay and prevent further progression of any issues before they become serious. Plaque and tartar build-up is removed from the patient’s teeth and a fluoride treatment is usually provided to prevent cavities.
Avoiding regular teeth cleanings can lead to eventually needing a deep cleaning to fight off periodontal disease. Deep cleaning is also known as scaling and root planning (SRP). The procedure is done once the patient has started losing bone from untreated bacteria under the gum . After gums are anesthetized, plaque and tartar buildup are removed.
Arestin (minocycline hydrochloride) microspheres are indicated as an antibiotic add-on to scaling and root planning (SRP) procedures to eliminate bacteria and to reduce the periodontal pocket depth.