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ACE Panel Report focuses on antibiotic use

April 01, 2019

By Kimber Solana

Antibiotic Use in Endodontic Infections infographic 

Dentists can get insight on antibiotic use in endodontic infections from an ADA Clinical Evaluators Panel Report released in March.

For the report, 391 practicing U.S. dentists and ADA members shared when they are most likely to prescribe antibiotics, changes in their antibiotic prescribing patterns, their most prescribed antibiotics in adults and their most prescribed antibiotics to those allergic to penicillin.

“We wanted to see if we are using antibiotic appropriately without contributing to the development of antibiotic resistance,” said Dr. Raymond Dionne, member of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs and its Product Evaluation Subcommittee. “What impressed me with those surveyed was that dentists are very prudent in their use of antibiotics and used them consistently with the evidence available.”

The document also includes clinical insight on the American Association of Endodontists guidance regarding the use of systemic antibiotics in endodontic treatments.

View the entire ACE Panel report online at

ACE Panel Reports feature data compiled from by surveys completed by ADA member dentists who have signed up to participate in short studies related to dental products, prescribing habits and other clinical topics. The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs’ Product Evaluation Subcommittee, along with ADA Science Institute staff, write the reports.

The resource aims to offer ADA members a way to understand their peers’ opinions on various dental products and practices, offering insight and awareness on new products and techniques that can benefit patients and the profession.

Past ACE Panel Reports focused on dental erosion, bioactive materials, posterior composite restorations and fluoride varnishes. These reports are available to view online at

ADA members are invited to join the ACE Panel and contribute to upcoming surveys, which usually take five to 10 minutes to complete and are sent no more than once a month.

For more information or to join the ACE Panel, visit