Right. And if you believe that, we’ve got a bridge to sell ya…

With some fanfare, a ‘new’ medication has broken on the scene. We are seeing some wild claims for Periostat keeping gums healthy for those with active gum disease even without periodic deep cleaning.

In a word: hogwash. The drug is a much lower dose of the antibiotic Tetracycline. Ideally, it cuts down the attack on the protein collagen that holds our gums together.

Measurable improvements seem to have been small, and patients will have to take the drug for at least nine months, perhaps life. The good news is that many patients in the study did not get WORSE.

Now that’s a step forward!

We’ll be watching this one…