Definite, probable or dubious: antioxidants trilogy in clinical dentistry

Carnelio, Sunitha and Khan, Sohil Ahmed and Rodrigues, Gabriel (2008) Definite, probable or dubious: antioxidants trilogy in clinical dentistry. British Dental Journal, 204 (1). pp. 29-32. ISSN 0007-0610

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Recent years have shown the presence of free radicals in causation and progression of various dental diseases and antioxidant usage in dental therapeutics. Antioxidant micronutrients are important not only for limiting oxidative and tissue damage, but also in preventing increased cytokine production, which is a result of prolonged activation of the immune response. There has been a widespread availability and clinical claims on the safety and efficacy of antioxidants. However, lack of randomised controlled trials in dental research limits their usage. There is a substantial gap between these clinical claims and efficacy/safety of antioxidants in dental therapeutics which needs to be addressed. This article highlights the clinical significance of antioxidant therapy in dental practice and touches upon controversial areas and research lacunae. An evidence based approach for making recommendations about antioxidant usage and efficacy in routine dental practice seems to be the need of the hour.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Pharmacy > MCOPS Manipal > Pharmacy Practice
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Surgery
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2015 04:33
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 04:33

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