To Kill or Not to Kill the Biofilm: The Art of Medicine in Periodontal Therapy

1 Hour 32 Minutes

Sunday, Oct. 28
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Program Track: Periodontal and Systemic Interrelationships
Moderator: Michael S. Reddy
Speakers: Nicolaas Geurs and Purnima Kumar

Antibiotics and antimicrobials are widely used in periodontal therapy. Although benefits of antibacterial therapy are well documented, concerns about the changes in the biofilm are a concern. The emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance among bacterial pathogens has become a major threat to public health. Emerging science offers alternatives to killing bacteria. Biofilm inhibition extends the effect from mechanical removal of the plaque. Inflammation regulation mitigates the detrimental effects. This course will guide the practitioner in the selection of the right medicine for each individual patient to optimization of periodontal therapy and minimize complications.

Educational Objectives:
• Distinguish your practice with mindful holistic medicine.
• Translate biofilm science into practical solutions for your patients.
• Utilize inflammation regulation in routine maintenance.

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