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Current Microbiological Diagnostic Strategies in Periodontitis and Future Trends
Harmsen, Dag/Ehmke, Benjamin
In the treatment of periodontitis, the value of microbiological testing is closely linked to the value of a specific, adjunctive antimicrobial therapy. Surprisingly, there is only little evidence that knowledge of a patient's oral microbial colonisation results in improved clinical outcomes. Therefore, it has to be proved by further clinical studies that routine microbial testing is really justified. Besides, technical improvements of in vitro diagnostics are desperately needed to prove the benefit of routine microbiology testing convincingly.

Keywords: periodontal microbiological testing, periodontitis, microbiology, antibiotic therapy