The Dentistry Essentials are an international series of textbooks, designed to support lecture series or themes on core topics within dentistry.
Essential Dental Therapeutics is a practical guide to drugs and their effects on dental care. Covering both medical and dental prescribing, all major categories of prescription drugs, their possible side effects, and potential drug interactions are discussed. The medical section is succinct and easily understandable, providing busy dentists with the information they need about medical conditions and the drugs used to treat them. The dental section offers practical, straightforward information that is relevant to everyday dental prescribing.
All clinical contributing authors are medically and dentally trained, and both strands are fully integrated throughout the text. Readers can test their knowledge by using the key topics and learning objectives at the start of each chapter, and by accessing the companion website featuring self–assessment questions. Essential Dental Therapeutics is a practical reference for dental students and practitioners, ensuring they are safe and informed in everyday practice.
List of contributors vii
About the companion website xi
1 Introduction to pharmacology and therapeutics pharmacodynamics 1Alan Nimmo
2 Introduction to pharmacology and therapeutics pharmacokinetics 7Alan Nimmo
3 Introduction to pharmacology and therapeutics drug safety 15Alan Nimmo
4 Antimicrobials antiseptics and disinfectants 23Martina Shepard
5 Antimicrobials antibiotics 31Esther Hullah
6 Antimicrobials antifungals 41John Steele and Jenny Taylor
7 Antimicrobials antivirals 47John Steele and Jenny Taylor
8 Therapeutics of pain management 53Roddy McMillan
9 Corticosteroids 65Jenny Taylor and John Steele
10 Fluoride and toothpaste 69Sabine Jurge
11 Treatments for dry mouth 73Roddy McMillan
12 Therapeutics for medical emergencies in dental practice 77Roddy McMillan
13 Central nervous system 1 mood disorders 85Alan Nimmo
14 Central nervous system 2 neurodegenerative and acquired disorders 93
15 Central nervous system 3 genetic and developmental disorders 101Alan Nimmo
16 Endocrine disorders 1 109Alan Nimmo
17 Endocrine disorders 2 diabetes mellitus 117Alan Nimmo
18 Cardiovascular therapeutics 125Roddy McMillan
19 The respiratory system 137Martyn Ormond
20 Coagulation 145Martina Shepard
21 Gastrointestinal pharmacology 153Esther Hullah
22 Antineoplastic therapeutics 159Jenny Taylor and John Steele
23 Vitamins and minerals 167Sabine Jurge
24 Musculoskeletal therapeutics 175Martyn Ormond
About the Editor
David Wray is Emeritus Professor at the University of Glasgow, and previously Dean of the Glasgow Dental School, UK and the Hamdan bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is a former chair of the Dental Advisory Group of the British National Formulary, and his research interests include oral ulceration, candidal infections, mucosal immunology and facial pain.