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Antibiotic prophylaxis clarified in revised brochure

October 18, 2016 Image of the ADA's Antibiotic and Dental Treatment brochure coverWith the topic of antibiotic use frequently in the news, including an October editorial in The Journal of the American Dental Association, the ADA offers several resources to help dentists follow current recommendations.

Among them is a revised brochure to help practitioners educate patients on antibiotic do’s and don’ts.

The brochure, “Antibiotics and Dental Treatment,” clarifies who should take antibiotics before dental treatment and who should not, taking into account the current American Heart Association and ADA recommendations. It also asks patients to consider the downsides of antibiotics as well as possible benefits. It encourages patients with questions to discuss antibiotics with their dentist and physician.

The editorial, written by Dr. Michael Glick, JADA editor and professor and William M. Feagans chair at the School of Dental Medicine at the State University of New York University at Buffalo, weighed the outcomes and consequences associated with the use of antibiotics, from the positives of successfully treating a patient’s infection and protecting the community to the negatives of bacterial resistance, promotion of harmful bacteria overgrowth and increased frequency of systemic disease.

The six-panel brochure is available in packs of 50. A pack is $28 for members and $42 for nonmembers.

“Antibiotics and Dental Treatment” (W307) can be ordered by visiting or by calling 1-800-947-4746. Buyers can save 15 percent on all ADA Catalog items with promo code 16131 until Dec. 30.