It is European Antibiotic Awareness Day
on 18 November. It is an opportunity to look at how we use antibiotics, the damage we do when we use them inappropriately, and what we can do to keep antibiotics working, now and in the future.
Antibiotics underpin modern medicine and dentistry. Many treatments rely on them. Without antibiotics treatments such as chemotherapy, transplants and joint replacements would just not be possible. Without antibiotics the lives of many people with chronic conditions such as cystic fibrosis would deteriorate rapidly. Without them we could see people die from treatable infections. There are very few new antibiotics being developed at the moment - you can read why at www.antibiotic-action.com
We must keep the antibiotics that we have working. We can do this by making sure we use them only when drainage of an acute dental infection cannot be achieved. Remember - antibiotics do NOT work on collections of pus. If we use them when they are not needed we increase the chances of bacteria developing resistance - and this could mean when we really do need them, they do not work anymore. There are already a growing number of infections - often called "superbugs" in the press - for which there are virtually no effective antibiotics.
It is important to seek dental advice when you have a dental infection. This campaign supports the Antibiotic Action Campaign and British Society for Chemotherapy work on reducing antimicrobial resistance. The Association of Clinical Oral Microbiologists and Faculty of General Dental Practitioners working together for prudent antimicrobial prescribing
Join us in our “Keep antibiotics working” campaign. Take the pledge "I pledge that where a dental infection needs drainage this is provided before considering the use of antibiotics" and tell your followers on Twitter and Facebook about European Antibiotic Awareness Day by supporting this THUNDERCLAP and shouting out #keep-antibiotics-working