Are there alternative treatments for necrotizing periodontitis?

Generally antibiotics and pain relievers are used to treat necrotizing periodontitis, rather than alternative treatments. However, there are some non-drug remedies that are regularly used along with antibiotics to help battle this serious infection of the gums. Rinsing the mouth with a hydrogen peroxide and water mix, or with salt water, aids in cleaning the teeth and gums. When the gums are no longer painful, regular brushing and flossing will help keep the infection from reoccurring.

There are no recognized alternative treatments for necrotizing periodontitis. There are 2 forms of necrotizing periodontal diseases that the American Academy of Periodontology recognizes. These include necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (NUG) and necrotizing ulcerative periodontitis (NUP). NUG only affects and destroys gum tissue. NUP on the other hand, affects both the gums tissue and bone structure that supports the teeth. The treatment for both types typically involves:

  • counseling on the proper way to brush and floss teeth
  • antibiotics
  • using of a mouth rinse that has chlorhexidine in it
  • scaling and root planing also known as deep teeth and gum cleaning

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