Journal Article

Antibiotic resistance in general dental practice—a cause for concern?

Louise C. Sweeney, Jayshree Dave, Philip A. Chambers and John Heritage

in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Published on behalf of British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Volume 53, issue 4, pages 567-576
Published in print April 2004 | ISSN: 0305-7453
Published online April 2004 | e-ISSN: 1460-2091 | DOI:
Antibiotic resistance in general dental practice—a cause for concern?

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This review examines the contribution dental prescribing makes to the selection of antibiotic resistance in bacteria of the oral flora. The antibiotics commonly used in dental prescribing in the UK are discussed, together with the problems of resistance in members of the oral flora. The antibiotic prescribing habits of general dental practitioners are then reviewed with respect to therapeutic prescriptions and those drugs that are prescribed prophylactically. Not all antibiotic prescriptions for dental problems are written by dentists; prescribing outside the dental profession is also considered. The review then considers the support available to dentists from clinical diagnostic microbiology laboratories. It concludes that better use of diagnostic services, surveillance and improvements in dental education are required now to lessen the impact of antibiotic resistance in the future.

Keywords: Keywords: dental prescribing, oral flora, prophylaxis, diagnostic laboratories

Journal Article.  9648 words. 

Subjects: Medical Oncology ; Critical Care

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