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The rationale for chemical adjuncts in plaque control

Newman, HN; (1998) The rationale for chemical adjuncts in plaque control. INT DENT J , 48 (3) 298 - 304.

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Abstract

The rationale for the adjunctive use of chemical anti-plaque agents depends on many factors in addition to the inherent antimicrobial properties of those agents. What is indicated generally is a basic oral hygiene regimen, as simple as it can be, bearing in mind the practical difficulties of getting people to clean their teeth optimally. Chemical adjuncts in many cases have the potential to simplify plaque control regimens. The mode of delivery may be critical to the success or otherwise of an adjunct. Adjuncts may simplify and accelerate the work of hygienists as well as patients. They may also serve to control plaque in severe forms of infectious inflammatory periodontal disease, as well as providing practical means of plaque control in the handicapped, or in those unable to practice optimal conventional home care oral hygiene. Chemical anti-plaque adjuncts offer a prospect of re-establishing the homoeostasis of oral microbial biofilms fully consonant with the aims of modern periodontal medicine.

Type:Article
Title:The rationale for chemical adjuncts in plaque control
Keywords:APICAL BORDER PLAQUE, CHRONIC ADULT PERIODONTITIS, SUBGINGIVAL PLAQUE, PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS, DIRECT IRRIGATION, DENTAL PLAQUE, MINOCYCLINE, BACTERIA, SUSCEPTIBILITY, DISEASE
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Eastman Dental Institute

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