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Oral Health Topics

Antibiotic Stewardship

Key Points

  • The ADA supports prudent use of antibiotics to minimize the risk of adverse effects and development of drug-resistant bacteria.
  • Antibiotic prophylaxis should be reserved for patients at high risk of post-treatment complications.
  • Introduction
  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Antibiotics: Adverse Effects
  • C. Difficile Infection
  • ADA Council on Scientific Affairs 2004 Report—Combating Antibiotic Resistance
  • Table 1. Narrow-Spectrum Antimicrobial Agents Encountered in Dentistry
  • Table 2. Broad-Spectrum Antimicrobial Agents Encountered in Dentistry
  • Antibiotic Prophylaxis
  • References
  • ADA Resources
  • Other Resources
Prepared by: Department of Scientific Information, ADA Science Institute
Reviewed by: Scientific Information Subcommittee, ADA Council on Scientific Affairs
Last Updated: March 19, 2019


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