Dentists not following antibiotic prescribing guidelines

By Rabia Mughal, Contributing Editor Dr.Biscuspid

January 6, 2012 — The antibiotic prescribing practices of dentists for odontogenic infections in children do not appear to be in line with recommended professional guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the ADA, according to a survey in theJournal of the American Dental Association (January 2012, Vol. 143:1, pp. 31-38). Many medical and dental practitioners and professional associations have recognized the growing problem of antibiotic resistance and its relevance to dentistry. Professionalguidelines developed by the AAPD and the ADA (JADA, April 2004, Vol. 135(4), pp. 484-487) attempt to address this issue, according to the study authors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other studies have examined physicians’ antibiotic prescribing practices, but few have looked at dentists’ practices, and no one has examined pediatric dentists’ practices, they noted.

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