Drug therapy is only part of the management of dental conditions, which also includes surgical and local measures.

In some cases, local measures are sufficient to treat a given dental condition, whereas in other cases drug therapy in addition to local measures is necessary.

The advice in this guidance is based on information contained in the British National Formulary (BNF) and BNF for Children (BNFC) and the opinion of experts and experienced practitioners, and reflects current relevant legislation and professional regulations.

The advice is currently consistent with BNF 87 and BNFC 2023-2024. It should be used in conjunction with the BNF and BNFC and be taken into account when making decisions about a particular clinical procedure or treatment plan in discussion with the patient and/or guardian or carer.

As guidance, the information presented here does not override the individual responsibility of the health professional to make decisions appropriate to the individual patient. However, it is advised that significant departures from this guidance be fully documented in the patient’s case notes at the time the relevant decision is made.