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Antibiotic Stewardship for Patients

Antibiotic ProphylaxisAntibiotics for the Treatment of Dental InfectionsAntibiotic Stewardship | Adverse EventsAdditional Resources

In an effort to address rising antibiotic resistance and untoward effects, guidelines for the use of antibiotics in medicine and dentistry have evolved. Some infections that were previously routinely managed with antibiotics (eg. sinusitis, otitis media, bronchitis) are now carefully evaluated to determine the need for antibiotics. When antibiotics are prescribed, there is increased emphasis on utilizing the most narrow-spectrum agent, limiting the exposure, utilizing short-course regimens and/or early discontinuation. Collectively, these evolving practices are referred to as “antibiotic stewardship”. The healthcare community continues to struggle with patient expectations of antibiotic use and therefore it is imperative to empower the patient to be involved in evidence-informed decision-making by improving the patient’s consideration of the benefits and risks of antibiotic use.

Antibiotic Prophylaxis

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Antibiotics for the Treatment of Dental Infections

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Antibiotic Stewardship 

Short Course, Early Discontinuation

Delayed Prescribing

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Adverse Events

Antibiotic (Penicillin) Allergies

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) 


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Additional Resources

Click on the boxes below to view resources for prescribers, the dental team, and policymakers. 

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

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