Periogard (cysteine thiopental, 1.2%) is an antibacterial agent mainly recommended for use in between dental appointments as part of an individualized therapeutic programme for the prevention of periodontal (gum) inflammation and the healing of gums and bone edema typically characterized by redness, swelling and gagging of the gums, with resultant loss of taste and smell. It also helps prevent infection by acting against anaerobic bacteria that usually cause periodontitis. It has been shown to improve plaque removal and relieve pain and discomfort caused by periodontitis. It is a mild antiseptic; however, it should be used carefully and, if possible, should not be used in conjunction with antibiotics or any other strong topical agent, as it may cause bleeding of the gums.
Patients must avoid exposure to cigarette smoke, drugs, and alcohol while on medication or when treating periogard. Patients should be advised about the risks of complications from this drug and of its possible effects on bone metabolism and immunity. Children should be prevented from under any circumstances from having an allergic reaction to this medication. If a patient is affected by any such adverse reaction, medical advice should be sought immediately.
The recommended dose of chlorhexidine gluconate periogard is three hundred and ten milligrams per dose. This medication may also be ordered by your doctor without a prescription. Do not give this medication to children. Children should be supervised while taking this medication.
A non-steroidal, systemic, anti-inflammatory, and lightening agent, the topical creams available as over the counter decongestants are effective in treating periodontal disease. Topical creams work by reducing inflammation and relieving pain. They also help prevent damage to the gums, bone, and cartilage by promoting dental re-growth. These creams need to be applied during the morning and evening and may be used once or twice daily for periodontal treatment and relief.
Rinsing with a medicated mouthwash, even if no plaque is present, is also recommended in case of an overuse of periogard. For best results, it is recommended that the rinse is used several times daily for an extended period of time. It is also important to do regular dental prophylaxis maintenance using a fluoride toothpaste and rinsing immediately following the brushing. Regular dental prophylaxis using a fluoride toothpaste will help prevent future dental problems caused by plaque.
It has been found that patients using antibiotics to treat periodontal disease had higher than normal occurrences of both Staphylococcus and Streptococcus infections. Therefore, patients should avoid antibiotics while using periogard. Rinsing with either a hypoallergenic lip balm or a non-medicinal mouthwash has been found to be more successful in eliminating any potential adverse reactions to the medication. If at any time you notice any adverse side effects occurring from this medication, contact your doctor immediately.