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Please join us in supporting the European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), 18 November 2017, by signing up to our pledge via Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr accounts.
The more we use antibiotics inappropriately, the less effective they become as microbes develop resistance to them. This is a global problem that could render simple operations too dangerous in the future. In Europe, 25,000 people die each year as a result of drug resistant infections. If we fail to work together to address this problem an estimated 10 million deaths will occur by 2050.
In the UK, dentists prescribe more than 5% of all antibiotics in healthcare and approximately 60% of the total metronidazole in primary care. There is evidence of inappropriate prescribing in clinical practice. To help dentists appropriately prescribe antibiotics and to educate families on the indications for antibiotics a Dental Antimicrobial Stewardship Toolkit is available on the Public Health England website (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/dental-antimicrobial-stewardship-toolkit). This toolkit was produced by the Dental Subgroup of Public Health England’s English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilization and Resistance (ESPAUR), the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) and the British Dental Association (BDA). Regular auditing of antibiotic prescribing by dentists will also ensure appropriate use and reduce antimicrobial resistance.
In the UK, over 30,000 children under 9 years old were admitted to hospital last year because of dental decay. There is evidence of inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics to children, particularly those referred to hospital for dental treatment under general anesthesia. Dentists and their teams can promote caries prevention to families with young children. This will decrease dental decay in this group of patients, reduce the likelihood of dental infections and the need for tooth extractions under general anesthesia. This will also reduce antibiotic prescribing to children and antimicrobial resistance.
Spreading the word about antimicrobial resistance will help save lives. You can help by joining our Thunderclap and taking the pledge "To reduce dental infections and the need for antibiotics in children, I will promote prevention to families."
Sign up to our Thunderclap to tell your followers on Twitter and Facebook about European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November 2017 #KeepAntibioticsWorking #DentalAMS #AntibioticsGuardian #FightAMR and Visit https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/64173-antibiotic-prescribing-pledge and http://antibioticguardian.com/ to make your pledge.
ACOM and FGDP(UK)
This campaign is organized by the Association of Clinical Oral Microbiologists (ACOM) and the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)), and supported by Public Health England (PHE), Health Protection Scotland, the Welsh Government, the British Dental Association (BDA), the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC), and Antibiotic Action. All of these national organisations encourage responsible antimicrobial prescribing and promote antimicrobial stewardship to reduce drug-resistant infections.