Engaging the Global Dental Profession to Help Tackle Antibiotic Resistance

Paula Anabalon-Cordova, Wendy Thompson

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In the pre-antibiotic era, deaths from dental infections were common. Dentists are responsible for prescribing around 10% of antibiotics across healthcare globally. During 2020, dental antibiotic prescribing increased dramatically due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on dental procedures, which are vital for preventing and managing dental infections. FDI World Dental Federation responded with a framework about the essential role of dental teams in tackling antibiotic resistance, setting out a program to engage the global dental profession. Three exemplars include an open online course (with >2300 learners enrolled from >100 countries), a pledge for national dental organizations, and an early career researcher network.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Sciences Forum
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of ESPAUR Report Webinar and Antibiotic Guardian Shared Learning Awards
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2023

Publication series

NameMedical Sciences Forum
ISSN (Print)2673-9992


  • dental care
  • oral health
  • antibiotic
  • antimicrobial
  • resistance
  • engagement
  • communication


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