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What is Arestin®?

Arestin® is a prescription product approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). It is an effective antibiotic used to treat periodontal (gum) disease. The antibiotic comes in powder form and is placed inside infected periodontal pockets after a deep cleaning procedure.

How does Arestin® work?

Deep cleaning is effective at removing plaque buildup, but it doesn't eliminate all the bacteria that cause gum disease. The instruments used to perform a deep cleaning cannot always reach the bacteria that reside at the bottom of deep or difficult-to-reach periodontal pockets. When necessary, a dental professional may use Arestin® in combination with deep cleaning to kill off all of the harmful bacteria.

Arestin® powder contains "Microspheres", which are tiny, bead-like particles that are smaller than grains of sand and are not visible to the eye. The Microspheres are filled with the antibiotic minocycline (a broad-spectrum, tetracycline antibiotic). As the Microspheres dissolve over time, they release the drug into the infected periodontal pocket, killing bacteria that live there. Arestin® continues to fight the infection for up to 21 days after application.

Post-Treatment Care Instructions

To achieve the best results after treatment, you should follow the instructions provided by your dental professional and the guidelines below.

  • Avoid touching treated areas
  • Avoid eating hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for 1 week
  • Resume your normal brushing routine 12 hours after treatment
  • Wait 10 days before using floss, toothpicks, or other devices designed to clean between teeth
  • Resume practice of good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily
  • Be sure to return for your follow-up appointments, since gum disease can recur and needs to be checked regularly


Information for this article provided by:

www.arestin.com (Arestin® is a product of OraPharma, Inc.)

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