Video Course Description

On Dec. 9, 2021, five international Fellows discussed antibiotic prescribing challenges and best practices in dentistry. The panel of experts, Dr. Gary Brillo (Philippines), Dr. Andres Pinto (United States), Dr. Wendy Thompson (United Kingdom), Dr. Mahesh Verma (India) and Dr. Sam Zwetchkenbaum (United States), engaged in interesting conversations about antibiotic sustainability, adverse effects for patients, effective use in oral surgery and pain management, and correlations with COVID-19.

Video and Knowledge Test

After watching the video, you must take and pass successfully (4 out of 5 correct) the knowledge test in order to receive a completion certificate for 1 hour of Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) PACE approved credit.  You may take the knowledge test as many times as needed in order to get credit for the video course.


Test - Antibiotic Prescribing in Dentistry

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1. 1. Removing the cause of the patient’s symptoms with definitive treatment is needed, rather than prescribing antibiotics and expecting a cure.
2. Spreading awareness of antimicrobial resistance and preventing infections to reduce the risk of disease are important. The third element is antibiotic stewardship, which optimizes the use of antibiotics only when necessary and appropriate.
3. Patient education and feedback on what to do if he or she experiences side effects is essential when prescribing antibiotics.
4. Antimicrobial Resistance, without action now, is projected to cause more deaths from infections than from cancer in 30 years.
5. A review of antibiotic prescribing during the COVID-19 pandemic found a 22% increase in BOTH the United Kingdom AND the United States.