CE Hours: 1.5

Seq# 383The Drugs Won't Work: What's the Future for Antibiotics in Dentistry?

This session will be recorded and available through IADR CE On Demand after the meeting for Continuing Education Credit.  

Antibiotics are important medicines for treating infections caused by bacteria. Their overuse has led to a worrying rise in resistant infections which can be very difficult to treat. These infections cause patients to be sicker for longer and can be life-threatening. Antibiotic resistance is occurring everywhere in the world, compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases as well as undermining other advances in healthcare. This symposium aims to explore the challenge of antimicrobial resistance and stewardship faced by the global dental community. In doing so, opportunities for future dental research to address them will become clear.

The World Health Assembly's global action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance sets out five strategic objectives:
- to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance;
- to strengthen knowledge through surveillance and research;
- to reduce the incidence of infection;
- to optimize the use of antimicrobial agents; and
- develop the economic case for sustainable investment that takes account of the needs of all countries, and increase investment in new medicines, diagnostic tools, vaccines and other interventions.

Being responsible for around 10% of antibiotics prescribed in healthcare settings, general dentists clearly have an important role to play in safeguarding against the threat of antibiotic resistance. Evidence-based guidelines and behavioural science are key to reducing overprescribing. More research is also required to understand the reasons underpinning variability in dental antibiotic prescribing practices identified in recent studies and to identify possible interventions to support delivery of the global action plan on AMR.

Learning Objectives:

  • To improving awareness and understanding of the global challenge that is antimicrobial resistance, by changing the attitude and approach of clinicians and educators towards antibiotics through effective communication, education and training.
  • To strengthen the antimicrobial stewardship knowledge and evidence base, by promoting and joining up surveillance and research in the dental context.
  • To optimize the use of antimicrobial medicines, by altering the habits of dental prescribers.