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Hydrogen peroxide 1.7% gel
Hydrogen peroxide gel is an effective antimicrobial treatment for periodontal disease to be used between regular scaling and root planing visits. It may be used in conjunction with an antibiotic like doxycycline or on its own as an alternative to treatment with antibiotics. Avoiding the excessive use of antibiotics is one reason many dentists and patients prefer this treatment, which may be able to help reduce the dosage of antibiotics needed.
How is Hydrogen Peroxide Gel Used?
Hydrogen peroxide has been used for many years in the treatment of periodontal disease. It works by releasing oxygen and by breaking bacterial cell walls, which both help kill bacteria. It is able to penetrate through the slime layer that protects bacteria that cause gum disease. When used regularly it can make office visits easier and improve the results of scaling and root planing. In addition to the benefits it has in treating periodontal disease, hydrogen peroxide also whitens teeth with long-term use. This adds to the improvements in appearance that come from decreased inflammation of the gums.
Compounded HP 1.7%
Hydrogen peroxide gel is available from our pharmacy in 1.7% strength for treating periodontal disease. In general, the gel is prescribed to be used by the patient twice per day in between their regular office visits. It is frequently combined with an antibiotic like doxycycline gel. Many dentists will use a custom-fit tray to help administer the medication, as it helps it stay near the treatment area. To be most effective, the medication needs to be delivered subgingivally and held in place.
Prescribing Hydrogen Peroxide in the Treatment of Periodontal Disease – Oral Health Group