Lack of high level evidence on the effects of antibacterials in resin-based fillings

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Should we be using resins containing antibacterial agents to fill these cavities?

When tooth decay or caries has caused a cavity to form in a tooth a range of materials can be used to fill it. These include resin composites, glass ionomer cement, amalgam and compomers. Tooth decay that may develop next to or underneath a filling at a later stage is a common concern in dental practice and may reduce the life span of these fillings. It is thought that the inclusion of a substance that kills and preventions the growth of bacteria in some dental fillings could help prevent the development of secondary caries. Continue reading

Triclosan / copolymer containing toothpastes for oral health

ToothpasteGum disease and dental decay are the main reasons for tooth loss. Plaque (a film of bacteria) can build up on the teeth, leading to swelling and redness of the gums (gingivitis) which if left untreated can develop into a more serious form of gum disease (periodontitis). Periodontitis can cause pain, eating difficulties and tooth loss. The build up of plaque can also cause teeth to decay. Adding an effective and safe antibacterial ingredient to toothpastes could be an easy and low-cost answer to these problems. Continue reading