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Article: Volume 48 Number 10 Page 811 - November 2021

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Guest Editorial:  Spread Awareness. Stop Resistance.

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Abstract: It’s Friday and it’s quarter to five. An emergency patient has been squeezed in. Reception has wedged them into the rammed list of the dentist least likely to complain. Despite being exceptionally busy, the associate, Dr Gracy Curette, keeps her counsel and agrees to see the patient. How often does this scenario happen in practices across the UK? Does it happen in yours? What follows is a series of stories about patients who were harmed by taking antibiotics. The aim is to spread awareness about the risks of antibiotics to keep patients safe. But aren’t antibiotics one of the safest drugs we can prescribe? Well, increasingly the answer is ‘No’. And it’s about more than just resistance.

Author notes: Wendy Thompson, BSc, BDS, PhD, MCGDent, NIHR Clinical Lecturer, Division of Dentistry, University of Manchester; GDP, IDH Group, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria. email: