Dr. Lisa Tam and Associates

General and Cosmetic Dentistry


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Suite 1102, 77 Bloor St. W.
Toronto ON M5S 1M2
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Infobyte on Gum Disease

Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss. It is important that contact us if you sense symptoms of gum disease

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. It is caused by a bacteria infection. Early symptoms include occasional bleeding and redness around the gums when brushing, and mouth odour. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to loosening of teeth, receding gums, and gum discomfort.

What is Atridox Gel?

(8.8% w/w daxycycline) is an antibiotic gel that is placed gently into your gum pockets where bacteria thrive. It then quickly hardens to a wax like substance, slowly releasing the antibiotic to the infected area for seven days. By treating the bacteria, Atridox Gel helps to improve the health of your gums and helps prevent the advance of periodontal disease.

Follow these instructions for home care after Atridox Gel treatment

Your dentist may prescribe or recommend an oral rinse to use during the seven days following Atridox Gel application-the time when you can’t brush or floss.

Do not be alarmed if small amounts of Atridox Gel are dislodged. Atridox Gel is biodegradable and is harmless if swallowed.

As your gums heal and swelling begins to subside, they will recede a bit and you may notice some “white material” at the gumline. It is the Atridox Gel your dentist has applied and most of it will be gone within 28 days.

Does Atidox Gel cause any side effects?

Side effects seen with Atridox Gel are similar to those seen with placebo. These include headache, common cold, gum discomfort, pain or soreness, toothache, and tooth sensitivity. Contact your Dentist about any unusual discomfort.

What can I do to help prevent periodontal disease from recurring?

After seven days, brush and floss as your dental professional recommends, Atridox Gel should be used as part of a comprehensive oral hygiene program and regular dental visits.