Study Finds Variability in Antibiotic Prescribing with Scaling and Root Planing


More periodontists than general dentists prescribe antibiotics with scaling and root planing, highlighting differences in antibiotic prescription patterns, according to a study published in the October issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

“Antibiotic Prescription Patterns Among US General Dentists and Periodontists” looked at the responses of 256 members of the American Dental Association who were mostly general dentists and 250 members of the American Academy of Periodontology to a 15-item survey addressing differences between the two cohorts, factors affecting systemic antibiotic prescription patterns, and prescription timing.

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