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.