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Prescribing in Primary Dental Care: General Principles

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Prescribing medicines is an essential part of comprehensive dental care. Behind this seemingly simple act lies a range of skills. These include understanding the physiological interaction of the medicines in the body as well as their potential for harm either to body systems or when conflicting with other medicines taken by the patient. The decision to prescribe is thus complex even before the efficacy of the drug for the dental condition is considered. This paper reviews some of the issues that the primary care practitioner must consider when prescribing, as well as practical concerns to make prescribing safe and effective.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Glasgow Dental Hospital and School, UK

Publication date: 01 November 2014

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  • Primary Dental Journal (PDJ) is the peer reviewed journal of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK). The professional development journal is aimed at the whole primary care team. Each issue focuses on a key topic in primary care dentistry and offers a combination of research, clinical best practice papers and scenario articles which allow the whole dental team to work together to improve standards of patient care.
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