Most Antibiotics Prescribed for Dental Visits Inconsistent with Guidelines, Study Finds

Five out of every six antibiotics prescribed before an appointment with a Veterans Affairs, or VA, dentist were inconsistent with guidelines, researchers found.

“Antibiotic prophylaxis guidelines for dental procedures are lacking,” Katie J. Suda, PharmD, MS, professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues wrote in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. “Within dentistry, it is common for prophylaxis to be prescribed in patients with medically complex conditions (eg, immunosuppression) prior to invasive dental procedures, despite a lack of data on the benefit of such practice.”

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