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Awareness of Antibiotic Prescribing and Resistance in Primary Dental Care

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Dentists in primary care account for approximately one in ten of all therapeutic antibiotic prescriptions, but many of these prescriptions may be unnecessary and will contribute to the critically important problem of bacterial resistance. Emerging guidance on antimicrobial stewardship is discussed and the annual European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), which takes place on 18 November, is highlighted.
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Keywords: ANTIBIOTIC; EAAD; EVIDENCE; PRESCRIBING; RESISTANCE; STEWARDSHIP

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Cochrane Oral Health Group

Publication date: 2014-11-01

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  • Primary Dental Journal (PDJ) is the peer reviewed journal of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK). The professional development journal is aimed at the whole primary care team. Each issue focuses on a key topic in primary care dentistry and offers a combination of research, clinical best practice papers and scenario articles which allow the whole dental team to work together to improve standards of patient care.
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