Vermont Dental​ Conference

Program 5  "Antibiotic Stewardship: What Every Dental Professional Needs to Know"

Dr. Ann Spolarich, RDH, PhD, FSCDH          Sponsored in Part By: Colgate
Audience Code: D, H, A      2 CEUs/Clinical   Reference: ANTIBIOTICS

Increased awareness about the growing problem of microbial resistance with related challenges of treating infections caused by resistant organisms has resulted in a global initiative to improve the appropriate and safe use of antibiotics. Antibiotic stewardship refers to a set of recommendations for clinicians to follow, to guide decision-making and management of infections with antibiotics. These recommendations are relevant to all healthcare professionals and their related practice environments, including dentistry. This course will review strategies to promote antibiotic stewardship among dental professionals. Proper use of antibiotics, including antibiotic use for pre-medication in at-risk individuals will be reviewed  based upon current scientific literature. 

Program Objectives:

  • Discuss the implications of widespread antibiotic use and the development of resistant organisms
  • Describe several mechanisms by which bacteria can develop resistance to antibiotics
  • Identify pathogens which have developed antibiotic resistance with resultant health implications
  • Discuss strategies to reduce risk for promoting further development of resistant organisms
  • Discuss current recommendations for reducing risk for infective endocarditis and prosthetic joint infection
  • Discuss the significance of good oral hygiene in at-risk patient populations.