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How do medications treat aggressive periodontitis?

Antibiotics may be used in combination with other treatments to resolve the bacterial infection associated with aggressive periodontitis. Topical antibiotics may be applied through a prescription mouthwash or gel. Antibiotic-containing gels or threads may sometimes be inserted into pockets after cleaning to control infection. In some cases, a doctor may find it necessary to prescribe an oral antibiotic to completely resolve an infection. Antibiotics may also be prescribed as a precaution for those individuals with certain types of heart conditions.

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