British Dentists Forced to Prescribe Unnecessary Antibiotics for Toothache in Pandemic


The COVID-19 restrictions preventing dentists in England from providing face-to-face treatment required some to unnecessarily prescribe antibiotics for dental pain, a study by University of Manchester researchers has shown.

The results of the study were based on an analysis of NHS dental antibiotic prescribing data in England from before and during the pandemic, and an online survey in 2021 of 159 NHS dentists across England.

The paper is published in the British Dental journal ahead of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (18-24 November), which aims to tackle the global emergency of antibiotic resistance.

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