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Inappropriate Prescribing of Antibiotics in Primary Dental Care: Reasons and Resolutions

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The injudicious use of antibiotics is one of the key contributors to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains. It is therefore imperative that antibiotics are prescribed only when they are likely to result in clinical benefit for a patient. Clinical guidelines have been produced to assist dental practitioners in the appropriate use of antimicrobials. Despite these guidelines, there is evidence that antibiotics are still widely used and misused in the management of acute dental conditions. This article explores the barriers that exist with regard to the implementation of antibiotic prescribing guidelines and discusses some of the interventions that aim to optimise antibiotic prescribing in primary dental care.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Cochrane Institute, of Primary Care and Public Health, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, UK

Publication date: 01 November 2014

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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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