Therapeutic Guidelines - Oral and Dental 2012
Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Limited; 2012.
Therapeutic Guidelines – Oral and Dental Version 2 has been prepared in order to provide members with up-to-date prescribing information. The publication is the product of the joint efforts of both the ADA and Therapeutic Guidelines Limited.
Therapeutic Guidelines have been associated with ethical, evidence-based publications for over thirty years. Working with them has given us access to current information and the opportunity to have input into other Therapeutic Guidelines publications. Doctors, pharmacists and other oral health professionals with prescribing rights can now make informed decisions based on contemporary information on dental issues.
All chapters in Oral and Dental 2 have been extensively reviewed and updated by an expert writing group to provide concise evidence-based advice for the busy practitioner. The book has been restructured so chapters pertaining to disease management are listed first. The importance of active dental treatment in the management of dental conditions is underscored throughout the guidelines.
Version 2 of Therapeutic Guidelines: Oral and Dental has included two new chapters, and updated all other sections. The target audience for these guidelines is not only oral health practitioners, but also general medical practitioners and other health professionals who may be called upon to provide advice on dental matters and remedies.
For dentists and oral health practitioners the guidelines provide a well cross-referenced coverage of drugs and therapeutic regimens used in general dental practice. They are presented in an easy-to-read style with sufficient detail for a practitioner to make sensible clinical decisions on a patient’s needs and options with respect to common drugs used in modern dentistry. Interactions between a patient’s medical condition and therapy impacting on dental care have been reviewed in the light of contemporary best evidence and practice.
The sections on dental caries and periodontal diseases would seem very useful for medical and allied health clinicians, as too the specific section on ‘management of dental problems for medical practitioners’. The use of fluorides in the ‘dental caries’ section however is already outdated, with the acceptance by the Therapeutic Goods Administration of over-the-counter fluoride toothpaste now containing up to 1500 ppm fluoride ion. Further, the use of high fluoride toothpaste containing 5000 ppm is now an accepted part of oral hygiene for dentate residents in residential aged-care facilities.1
These guidelines will be a useful reference for all oral health, medical and allied health clinicians.