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ASQUINO, Natalia et al. Essential-oils: a Chemotherapeutic Option in Periodontics. Odontoestomatología [online]. 2016, vol.18, n.28, pp.4-10. ISSN 0797-0374.

Periodontal diseases are a group of pathologies that affect the tissues that support teeth. The efficient control of daily oral biofilm can prevent these diseases. Most individuals have difficulty in developing good oral hygiene habits and use only mechanical elements. This has led to the development of chemical adjuvants so that patients can maximize biofilm control. Essential oils (EOs) are effective and more efficient at controlling supragingival plaque and inflammation compared to a placebo and to cetylpyridinium chloride. Nevertheless, EOs were similar in their anti-inflammatory effectiveness and less efficient in plaque control than chlorhexidine, causing fewer adverse effects. Current evidence suggests that chlorhexidine remains the first choice for short-term oral health care and that essential-oils are best indicated for long-term treatments.

Palabras clave : periodontal diseases.

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