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Prescribers | Dental Team | Policymakers | Patients

Antibiotic stewardship is the effort:

  • to measure antibiotic prescribing 
  • to improve antibiotic prescribing by clinicians and use by patients so that antibiotics are only prescribed and used when needed 
  • to minimize misdiagnoses or delayed diagnoses leading to the underuse of antibiotics
  • to ensure that the right drug, dose, and duration are selected when an antibiotic is needed

Improving antibiotic prescribing and use is critical to effectively treat infections, protect patients from harms caused by unnecessary antibiotic use, and combat antibiotic resistance.

CDC’s Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship offers providers and facilities a set of key principles to guide efforts to improve antibiotic use and, therefore, advance patient safety and improve outcomes. These frameworks complement existing guidelines and standards from key healthcare partner organizations, including the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, American Society of Health System Pharmacists, Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, and The Joint Commission.

Below are a series of antibiotic stewardship resources for dental prescribers, dental team members, patients receiving dental care, and policymakers.

Antibiotic Stewardship for Prescribers    Antibiotic Stewardship for the Dental Team
Antibiotic Stewardship for Policymakers    Antibiotic Stewardship for Patients


NEW! Antibiotic Stewardship Summit     

The Antibiotic Stewardship Summit took place in Atlanta, GA, on Sunday, January 22. The sessions were recorded and are available for FREE. 

In this program, guidelines for use of antibiotics for prophylaxis and treatment of oral infections were reviewed, the development of antibiotic resistance, adverse reactions, and C. diff reviewed and challenges to responsible prescribing were discussed. Participants were provided with numerous clinical tips, tools, and resources to develop and implement antibiotic stewardship programs in their own practice.

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