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Article: Volume 43 Number 10 Page 954 - December 2016

  Dent Update 2016; 43: 954-960  Read article

Oral Microbiology:  Antimicrobial Resistance and Antibiotic Prescribing in Dental Practice

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Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to review the principles of antibiotic prescribing in light of the increasing worldwide problem of antimicrobial resistance and the evidence of inappropriate use of antibiotics in dentistry. Guidance on the management of dental infections and antibiotic prophylaxis based on a review of the scientific evidence will be given to ensure good patient care.

Clinical relevance: To discuss the relevance of legislation around antimicrobial prescribing and antimicrobial stewardship for dentists.

Author notes: Nikolaus O A Palmer, BDS, MFGDP(UK), PhD, FDS RCSEng, FFGDP(UK), Research Fellow and Clinical Adviser in Dental Education Health Education England North West, Honorary Lecturer, School of Dentistry, University of Liverpool, Pembroke Place, Liverpool L3 5PS, UK (nikolaus.palmer@me.com).

Objective: To understand the clinical implications of inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics both for individual patients and the population as a whole.