The American Dental Association (ADA) published an updated clinical practice guideline on antibiotic use for the urgent management of dental pain and intra-oral swelling. According to the guideline, “evidence suggests that antibiotics for the target conditions may provide negligible benefits and probably contribute to large harms.” Refer to the guideline for a detailed review of recommended practice.
Other ADA resources for clinicians seeking more information on antibiotic use and prescribing in dentistry include: 1) A Facebook Live “Ask the Expert” event on the topic on November 18 at 1:00 pm ET on the ADA Facebook page, and 2) a systematic review of antibiotic use in dentistry provided in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.
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