Home | My Profile | Contact Us
Research Trends Products  |   order gateway  |   author gateway  |   editor gateway  
Register | Forgot Password

Author Resources
 Author Gateway
 Article submission guidelines

Editor Resources
 Editor/Referee Gateway

 Regional Subscription Agents/Distributors
Current Trends in Microbiology   Volumes    Volume 9 
Rationale for treatment of oral infectious diseases based on a micro-ecological concept
Charalampakis Georgios, Dahlén Gunnar
Pages: 1 - 17
Number of pages: 17
Current Trends in Microbiology
Volume 9 

Copyright © 2014 Research Trends. All rights reserved

The most common oral infectious diseases are caries, endodontic infections, periodontitis and peri-implantitis. Early diagnosis and total control of these conditions remain a major challenge for clinicians. In this review, we describe infectious oral diseases and evaluate critically the current treatment strategies using a holistic aetiological approach. We draw attention to the local environment, the micro-ecology, where opportunistic pathogens may survive and thrive. We explain why elimination of bacteria from the disease site is probably not feasible and may not be critical; acceptance of this idea would represent a paradigm shift in understanding these conditions. We demonstrate that a crucial step for long-term success of treatment interventions and shift from disease to health involves a change in the local environment to create conditions in which pathogenic bacteria cannot survive and grow. We argue that measures that do not entail local micro-ecological change at affected sites will fail to prevent the recurrence of infectious oral diseases. Our further hope is that the idea of micro-ecology in dentistry will provide a model and pedagogical tool that will help clinicians, in their quest to counter oral diseases of infectious origin, to evaluate treatment approaches in dental care.
View Full Article  


Buy this article
Buy this volume
Subscribe to this title
Shopping Cart

Quick Links
Search Products
Browse in Alphabetical Order : Journals
Browse by Subject Classification : Journals

Ordering Information Ordering Information
Downloadable forms Downloadable Forms