It has been estimated that there are more than 400 diseases affecting the oral cavity. In terms of prevalence, however, the major public health problems are caries and periodontal disease. Although these two destructive entities are completely different in many respects, they share a common denominator: the initial lesions are brought about by an aggregate of bacteria known as plaque. This article discusses chemical control of plaque in the treatment of gingivitis and antimicrobial control of subgingival plaque in the treatment of periodontitis. The authors address the use of antibiotics in the treatment of localized juvenile periodontitis, the ideal properties of antiplaque agents, and adjunctive subgingival application of antimicrobial agents.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||Dental clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Apr 1 1988|
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