The role of antimicrobials in management of periodontal diseases

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With the looming threat posed by antimicrobial resistance, appropriate prescribing of antimicrobials, including antibiotics, is increasingly relevant. In this article, the reasons why antimicrobial therapy is not the mainstay of treatment for most patients with periodontitis will be explored. Some specific exceptions to this rule will also be investigated, including why such exceptions exist. In addition, the protocols for periodontal and antimicrobial therapy to maximize the treatment response when adjuvant antimicrobials are used will be presented.

CPD/Clinical Relevance: This article highlights the need for appropriate prescribing within dentistry as a whole and specifically when it comes to the management of periodontal diseases, where antimicrobials do not form the mainstay of treatment, with some exceptions.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)952-958
Number of pages7
JournalDental Update
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2019