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Dental organisations support World Antibiotic Awareness Week

National dental organisations are supporting World Antibiotic Awareness Week by reminding the dental profession about the importance of using antibiotics judiciously.

Dental professional bodies have welcomed the steady reduction in the number of antibiotic prescriptions issued in NHS primary dental care since 2011 - including a 9% reduction over the last year - but say more can be done to reduce inappropriate prescribing in dentistry. A free dental AMS toolkit endorsed by the organisations provides patient information highlighting that antibiotics do not cure toothache, advice for dentists on the use of analgesics, and an antimicrobial prescribing self-audit tool.