The use of antimicrobials in addition to mechanical cleaning has been shown to result in longer lasting improvements in periodontal conditions in dogs with periodontitis than scaling alone. 6,
8 Antimicrobial therapy can provide additional improvement in severe or refractory cases of periodontitis when combined with dental prophylaxis. Also, the use of antimicrobials in selected cases of periodontitis will increase the length of time between veterinary periodontal procedures and thus reduce the number of anaesthetic episodes required by the individual animal.
9 However, antimicrobials should not be used alone in the treatment of periodontal disease, but only as an adjunct to mechanical periodontal therapy.