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Title: The intra-oral translocation of periodontopathogens jeopardises the outcome of periodontal therapy. A review of the literature
Authors: Quirynen, Marc ×
De Soete, Marc
Dierickx, K
van Steenberghe, Daniel #
Issue Date: Jun-2001
Series Title: Journal of clinical periodontology vol:28 issue:6 pages:499-507
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Although periodontitis has a multi-factorial aetiology, the success of its therapy mainly focuses on the eradication/reduction of the exogenous/endogenous periodontopathogens. Most of the species colonise several niches within the oral cavity (e.g. the mucosae, the tongue, the saliva, the periodontal pockets and all intra-oral hard surfaces) and even in the oro-pharyngeal area (e.g., the sinus and the tonsils). METHODS: This review article discusses the intra-oral transmission of periodontopathogens between these niches and analyses clinical studies that support the idea and importance of such an intra-oral translocation. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Based on the literature, the oro-pharyngeal area should indeed be considered as a microbiological entity. Because untreated pockets jeopardise the healing of recently instrumented sites, the treatment of periodontitis should involve "a one stage approach" of all pathologic pockets (1-stage full-mouth disinfection) or should at least consider the use of antiseptics during the intervals between consecutive instrumentations, in order to prevent a microbial translocation of periodontopathogens during the healing period. For the same reason, regeneration procedures or the local application of antibiotics should be postponed until a maximal improvement has been obtained in the remaining dentition. This more global approach offers significant additional clinical and microbiological benefits.
ISSN: 0303-6979
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Periodontology
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