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by FGDP, BDA, PHE, BSAC, ACOM category: Health
Please join us in supporting European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) by signing up to our pledge via your Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr accounts.
Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem that leads to antibiotics no longer being effective in treating even simple infections, with serious consequences for everyone, but particularly those undergoing major surgery, chemotherapy, organ or stem cell transplants. Every year, 25,000 people across Europe, and 700,000 worldwide, die from antibiotic-resistant infections, and the UK government predicts the annual global toll could be 10 million by 2050 - more than die from cancer. It is therefore vital that we help keep antibiotics working by using them only when necessary, and by taking and disposing of them responsibly.
In the UK, dentists account for 9% of all antibiotics prescribed in community healthcare services, and we all have a responsibility to reduce the number of antibiotics prescribed inappropriately to manage dental infections. FGDP’s evidence-based guidance Antimicrobial Prescribing for General Dental Practitioners is there to help dentists decide when antibiotics are required.
To ensure appropriate prescribing, dentists are also recommended to regularly audit their use of antimicrobial agents, and we are asking dentists to commit to doing this. To help you, a new audit tool for General Dental Practitioners, developed with Public Health England, is now available on the FGDP(UK) and BDA websites.
Dentists can also help by putting up this Antibiotics Don't Cure Toothache poster in their practice. Making this Patient Information Leaflet available will also raise public awareness of the problem of antimicrobial resistance, and help your patients understand that dental care is in most cases a painless and more effective treatment for dental pain and infections than antibiotics alone.Spreading the word about antimicrobial resistance will help save lives. You can help by joining our Thunderclap, and taking our pledge:
Let's keep antibiotics working: I pledge to audit my prescribing when managing oral and dental infections
You can also use the hashtags #AntibioticGuardian, #keepantibioticsworking and #FightAMR on social media, and visit http://antibioticguardian.com/.
FGDP, BDA, PHE, BSAC, ACOM
This campaign is a collaboration between the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK, the British Dental Association, the Association of Clinical Oral Microbiologists, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, the Antibiotic Action initiative and Public Health England, all of which aim to encourage a more responsible approach to antimicrobial prescribing in dentistry to help control the increase in antibiotic-resistant infections.