What Do We Know About Antibiotic Prescribing Habits Among Dentists?
APR 18, 2017 | CONTAGION EDITORIAL STAFF
Lauri A. Hicks, DO, Director, Office of Antibiotic Stewardship, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discusses what we know about antibiotic prescribing habits among dentists.
Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability)
“The interesting thing about antibiotic prescribing in dentistry is that, we don’t know very much about the frequency of inappropriate and appropriate prescribing in dentistry. What we do know is that there [are] a lot of antibiotics being prescribed by dentists.
Over 24 million prescriptions are written by dentists each year, and these are general dentists, [this number] doesn’t include specialists. What we know is that [number] equates to about 10% of all antibiotics that are being prescribed in the outpatient setting. The most common antibiotics that are being prescribed by dentists are the antibiotics that you would think would be prescribed or indicated for a dental condition, [such as] amoxicillin, [or] penicillin.
But we also are seeing some antibiotics prescribed that are actually not indicated for any dental conditions. [This includes] the class of antibiotics fluoroquinolones, and some other antibiotics that are used for urinary tract infections. We’re really trying to understand why that might be happening and why dentists might be prescribing antibiotics that are not indicated in dentistry.”
To stay informed on the latest in infectious disease news and developments, please sign upfor our weekly newsletter.
NIAID researchers make an unexpected discovery when examining how a cellular enzyme complex regulates herpesvirus; inhibiting the enzyme suppressed viral infection.
Contagion® is a fully integrated news resource covering all areas of infectious disease. Through our website, quarterly journal, email newsletters, social media outlets, and Outbreak Monitor we provide practitioners and specialists with disease-specific information designed to improve patient outcomes and assist with the identification, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases. Our mission is to assure that the healthcare community and public have the knowledge to make more informed choices and have a positive impact on patient outcomes.
2 Clarke Drive
Cranbury, NJ 08512