1 What is Perio-Aid?

Brand: Perio-Aid

Generic: Chlorhexidine

Perio-Aid is an antiseptic antibacterial drug used for the treatment of periodontal disease.

This drug kills bacteria by disrupting their cell membrane. As a result, this drug reduces the inflammation, swelling and bleeding of the gums.

This drug is introduced as implants between your teeth and gums. Perio-Aid is a prescription drug.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Perio-Aid, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.mCarefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications.

Studies about this drug have only been made in the adult age and there is no specific data comparing the use of this drug various age groups. Adverse effects have been determined in using this drug but adequate studies regarding pregnant women or animals have yet to be performed. Studies suggest a minimal risk to infants when taking this drug during breastfeeding.

Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions.

Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with chlorhexidine is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems, especially front-tooth fillings that may be stained by chlorhexidine which may be impossible to remove and may require replacement of the filling. Gum problems such as periodontitis should also be reported to prevent worsening of the condition.

3 Proper Usage

Proper usage of Perio-Aid requires strict adherence to your doctor’s orders. Additional or prolonged doses could increase the chance of side effects.

The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients. The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed.

The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug. The number of chlorhexidine implants inserted will differ from patient to patient.

Adults with periodontitis are prescribed with dental implant dosage form with one implant inserted into each gum pocket that is too deep; totalling up to 8 implants inserted each treatment. The implants are dissolvable, and repeat treatment may be done every three months.

Your dentist will determine the use and dose of these implants for children. The depth of the pockets in your gums will be evaluated every 3 months by your dentist for any additional treatment.

4 Precautions to Take

In using Perio-Aid, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor. For 10 days after the implants have been inserted, do not floss around the teeth and gums that have been treated.

Using floss could push the implants out. Check with your dentist right away if an implant becomes loose or falls out. Chlorhexidine implants are small, orange-brown rectangular chips that are rounded at one end .

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Perio-Aid. Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.

Tooth, gum, or mouth pain, tenderness, aching, throbbing, soreness, discomfort, or sensitivity are common side effects while bleeding, tender, or enlarged gums, a cough, congestion or tightness in chest, or wheezing, indigestion or upset stomach, sore throat, ulcers or sores in the mouth are less common side effects.

Immediately inform your healthcare professional if you experience these side effects. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.