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Adjunctive subantimicrobial dose doxycycline in the management of institutionalised geriatric patients with chronic periodontitis

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Philip Preshaw


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OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of subantimicrobial dose doxycycline (SDD; 20 mg doxycycline twice daily) as an adjunct to scaling and root planing (SRP) in the treatment of moderate-severe chronic periodontitis (CP) in institutionalised elderly patients aged 65 years or older. BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that SDD is of clinical benefit in the treatment of CP. However, the benefits of SDD in geriatric populations (65+ years) have not been determined. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A 9-month, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled pilot study was conducted. 24 institutionalised geriatric patients (65 years or older) with evidence of CP manifested by baseline clinical attachment levels (CAL) 5-9 mm, probing depths (PD) 4-9 mm and bleeding on probing (BOP) were recruited. At baseline, patients were treated by a standardised episode of SRP, and randomised to receive either adjunctive SDD or placebo. Full mouth PD and CAL were measured using the manual UNC-15 periodontal probe at 3, 6, and 9 months post-baseline to assess the response to treatment. Periodontal sites were stratified by baseline PD value: sites with PD 4-5 mm were considered moderately diseased and sites with PD > or = 6 mm severely diseased. RESULTS: The SRP + placebo resulted in PD reductions similar to those reported previously in the literature. At all time-points and in both moderate and deep sites, SRP + SDD resulted in significantly greater PD reductions relative to baseline than SRP + placebo. At month 9, in moderate sites, mean PD reductions of 1.57 +/- 0.11 mm were reported in the adjunctive SDD group, compared with 0.63 +/- 0.11 mm in the adjunctive placebo group (p < 0.001). In deep sites at month 9, mean PD reductions of 3.22 +/- 0.29 mm were reported in the adjunctive SDD group, compared with 0.98 +/- 0.31 mm in the adjunctive placebo group (p < 0.05). Similar improvements were observed for CAL in the SDD group compared with the placebo group. Significantly lower BOP scores were also recorded at month 9 in the SDD group (7.5%) compared with the placebo group (71.2%) (p < 0.01). CONCLUSION: SDD used as an adjunct to SRP provides significant benefit for elderly patients with CP compared with SRP alone.

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Author(s): Mohammad AR, Preshaw PM, Bradshaw MH, Hefti AF, Powala CV, Romanowicz M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Gerodontology

Year: 2005

Volume: 22

Issue: 1

Pages: 37-43

Print publication date: 01/03/2005

ISSN (print): 0734-0664

ISSN (electronic): 1741-2358

Publisher: The Gerodontology Association and Blackwell Munksgaard Ltd


DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-2358.2004.00044.x

Notes: English 0734-0664 Clinical Trial Journal Article Randomized Controlled Trial


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