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Today is European Antibiotic Awareness Day, a campaign to reduce the use of dental antibiotics in a bid to stop the rise of resistant bacteria to these medicines.

Prof Andrew Smith, Professor of Clinical Bacteriology at the University of Glasgow Dental School and Chair of the Association of Clinical Oral Micobiologists, has organised a campaign, called a Thunderclap, to harness the power of social media to spread the message of responsible antibiotic prescribing.

Andrew says: “Antibiotic prescribing is a privilege and not a right in dentistry. With the continuing rise in antimicrobial resistance and the drying up of the new antibiotic drug pipeline, we face a very real crisis. Perhaps my job working in hospitals provides a more concentrated perspective on the issues modern healthcare face but the evidence is there that we have now created bacteria that are virtually resistant to all our known antibiotics. I’ve seen it first-hand!

“Working several years ago investigating dental antibiotic prescribing in dental practice with Mike Martin and Nick Palmer, we found scope for improvement. The timing is again right to revisit this issue; all dentally prescribed antibiotics adversely affect the rest of the body’s microbial flora and the environment when they leave us. The call to dental practitioners to support our pledge to reflect on whether the prescription pad or dental surgical skills are more appropriate for treating acute dental infection is our call for action.” This campaign was undertaken to support European Antibiotic awareness day and dental antibiotic action.

Source: Smile On News.

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