Use of Antibiotics in Dentistry

When dentists use antibiotics? What type of antibiotics dentists use? What are the indication to use antibiotics in dentistry?

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention more than 2 million people in the US are hospitalized and more than 23,000 die each year from superinfections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria. About 10% of outpatient antibiotics prescriptions are prescribed by dentists which equates to approximately 25.6 million per year. And it has been estimated that 30-50% of the scripts written by dentists were not necessary. As a result, dentists need to familiarize themselves with instances and conditions that warrant antibiotic prescriptions.

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