Morale of antibiotics usage in dentistry

Manimegalai.A.G and Gayathri.S

Antibiotics are commonly prescribed by dentists for treatment and prevention of oral infections. Antibiotics are life saving drugs. However inappropriate prescribing and excessive use of antibiotics are major factors in development of antibiotics resistance. Dentists should play a pivotal role in judicious use of antimicrobials to prevent the antimicrobial resistance. This review is to highlight the importance of use of antibiotics in dentistry, scientific challenges in finding a new antibiotic, recommendations for minimizing resistance and thus how we can curb the growing global problem of developing antibiotic resistance.

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