How compounding pharmacists help dentists treat oral diseases and improve oral health
Table of Contents
- What are oral diseases?
- Consult with a pharmacist about compounded medication
- Why personalized compounded medication
- How do compounding pharmacies personalize medications?
- Innovative delivery methods for treatment success
- Frequently used compounded medicines for oral diseases
- Supported treatment adherence
- How to write a compounded medication prescription
- Supplements for oral health
- About HDRX
Improving oral health is more than treating disease
Dentists, oral surgeons, orthodontists, and others in oral healthcare are taking advantage of the same type of partnership that other healthcare providers have been seeking with Health Dimensions Clinical Pharmacy. It’s because they have the same interest in addressing oral health and similar needs for innovative treatments for a variety of oral diseases and conditions. A compounding pharmacy meets those needs.
What are oral diseases?
Beyond the obvious, oral diseases are illnesses related to the mouth, tongue, mucus membranes, gums, teeth, and the underlying bone. Oral diseases range from dry mouth or xerostomia (zeer-o-STOE-me-uh) to periodontitis or gum disease. For many, oral diseases can be painful and even debilitating, and in some cases lead to even more serious infections. But oral disease is not just because you’re not brushing or flossing. Sometimes and in some cases, oral diseases are the result of an underlying or chronic medical condition.
Periodontitis is an example. Read more about periodontitis.
For many, oral health can be a struggle. It’s made even worse by treatments that immediately wash away, taste bad, or just don’t work. Remedies that HDRx compounding pharmacy can formulate in cooperation with a dentist include among other things: bio-adhesive gels, mouthwashes, troches, fast dissolve tablets, etc., for:
- Mouth, tooth, or gum pain
- Infections of the mouth
- Burning Mouth (or burning tongue) Syndrome
- Dry Mouth
- Mucositis from radiation therapy or otherwise
- Gag reflex issues
All of these issues can be chronic, and in some cases lead to additional problems. A dentist partnering with a compounding pharmacist is in the best position to successfully treat these and other mouth-oriented issues.
Why compounded and personalized medications are better when treating oral diseases
Fighting oral diseases can be tricky, and that's where a compounding pharmacy can be the best partner a dentist can have. The mouth is usually and is supposed to be a wet place. Medications that are prescribed for treatment (such as antibiotics) won’t be as effective in the mouth if they just wash away with the next swallow or drink of water. A compounding pharmacist can create compounded medications that include not only the antibiotic but an agent that makes them stick to the teeth and gums for prolonged contact time with the medication.
Medications are additionally customized by combining multiple ingredients creating a synergistic effect and improving outcomes.
Medications are personalized by a compounding pharmacy
The best way to treat problem oral conditions when you’ve already taken the steps of good dental hygiene can vary. This is where the partnership between a dentist and Health Dimensions Clinical Pharmacy brings creative and innovative solutions to the table. Made specifically for an individual patient, a customized treatment could be:
- Topical Analgesics (ones that don’t immediately wash away when the patient swallows)
- A hemostatic agent (stops bleeding post-operatively due to blood-thinning medication)
- Root canal dressings
There are many more ways working with a compounding pharmacy helps healthcare providers provide the best care for patients.
A variety of medication delivery methods promote oral treatment success
As with other areas of medicine, one of the advantages of using a compounding pharmacist is not being locked into the medication delivery methods that are currently commercially available. The compound pharmacy, working with a dentist, can put the medication into forms that work for the individual, including sprays, rinses, gels, and troches. Because a compounding pharmacist is creating preparations that meet the individual needs of the patient’s dental condition, and they are providing them in forms and in flavors more acceptable to the patient, there is a greater probability of successful outcomes.
Frequently requested compounded medications for treating oral disease
A compounding pharmacist works closely with dentists and other oral healthcare providers to find the right solutions to pain, infection, and other oral issues. The tools that may be used, used in the correct combination or with other materials to make them more effective include:
- Polyphenol sulfonic acid
- Potassium Complex
- Potassium nitrate
- Tranexamic acid
- Silver nitrate/sodium fluoride
There are also a number of manufactured drugs that are no longer commercially available that could be used as well.
One of the reasons medications from a compounding pharmacist can be so successful is that they are prepared specifically for a patient, created in a sterile environment using the best medical ingredients–and only the ingredients necessary to the treatment. This is very evident in some of the most popular compounded medications, like Magic Mouthwash. That’s the common term for mouthwash that is designed to combat specific issues with oral disease. But not all mouthwashes have the “magic”.
While medications such as a Periogel oral debriding agent/oral wound cleaner are available as a pre-made commercial product, a compounding pharmacy can create the perfect combination in forms and doses that make sense.
Patient adherence to the treatment plan is supported
All prescribing physicians, including dentists, see additional benefits from having a compounding pharmacy as part of the treatment team. Innovative compounding pharmacies, like Health Dimensions, make ongoing outreach and patient support a key part of their relationship with patients. As members of the treatment team, the pharmacists reach out with support and education when the medication order is received to remove obstacles to filling the prescription. The outreach continues after the first prescription is filled to make sure medications are being used and used correctly. In partnership with the healthcare professional, Health Dimensions is working to secure the most successful treatment outcome possible.
For the prescribing physician, clarity of dosage/percentage is an important part of writing a compound prescription. Each drug should be separately listed with its generic name, and the strength required. The prescription should include directions (e.g., 2x daily) and the amount to dispense if daily usage is clear.
Contact an HDRX pharmacist to discuss formulations and answer any questions. Call (800) 836-2303 or request a consultation.
Regardless of the specific supplement, there is evidence to suggest that nutritional supplements and probiotics can have a positive impact on healthy gums and teeth. While supplements or multivitamins may be broadly used for general wellbeing, the studies and other evidence points to additional benefits including less inflammation from gingivitis, less bleeding on probing deeper pockets, and stronger connections between teeth and jaw. Read more about which supplements support healthy gums and teeth.
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About Health Dimensions Clinical Pharmacy
Health Dimensions Clinical Pharmacy has been providing pharmaceutical solutions to doctors and their patients since 1996. Locally owned and based in southern Michigan, Health Dimensions Clinical Pharmacy was among the nation's first compounding pharmacies to earn accreditation by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) of the Accreditation for Healthcare Commission.
Our mission is to partner with patients and physicians to provide service excellence, accuracy, and rapid response to patients' personalized prescription needs.
To learn more about building a partnership, call Health Dimensions Clinical Pharmacy at (800) 836-2303.