Dentist Towson

Periodontal disease is a serious infection under your gumline. Some patients with bleeding gums and deeper pockets around tooth roots may require a local antibiotic therapy know as ARESTIN® . The placement of ARESTIN® helps to heal the infection in these sites where standard home care tools just can reach on a daily basis.

Drs. Ousborne and Keller are very cognizant of the systemic link between oral health and overall health . When infection is present in the oral cavity, it can spread easily to the rest of the body, creating serious health concerns.

The Procedure

ARESTIN® (minocycline hydrochloride) is an antibiotic that kills the bacteria that causes the infection. The antibiotic is placed directly in the infected areas—or “pockets”—in your gums, right after scaling and root planning, the dental procedure that disrupts stubborn plaque and bacteria below your gum line—where brushing and flossing can’t reach.

Key Benefits

ARESTIN® starts working quickly, right at the source of infection, and keeps fighting bacteria long after you leave the dental office. 1,2

ARESTIN® fights infection and inflammation for 30 days, 2 and provides significantly better results than scaling and root planning alone for up to 90 days. 3

The utilization of ARESTIN® to combat periodontal disease is another example of how Ousborne and Keller encourages total body health for all of our patients.


1. Oringer RJ, Al-Shammari KF, Aldredge WA, et al. Effect of locally administered minocycline microspheres on markers of bone resorption. J Periodontol 2002;73:835-842.

2. Goodson JM, Gunsollwy JC, Grossi SG, et al. Minocycline HCl microspheres reduce red-complex bacteria in periodontal disease therapy. J Periodontol 2007;78(8):1568-1579.

3. Williams RC, Paquette DW, Offenbacher S, et al. Treatment of periodontitis by local administration of minocycline microspheres: a controlled trial. J Periodontol 2001;72:1535-1544.