Dental toolkit to reduce antibiotic prescribing

A FREE toolkit has been launched for dentists to support effective antimicrobial stewardship.

The toolkit includes an easy self-audit tool and patient-facing posters and leaflets, and was developed as a collaboration between Public Health England, the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK and the British Dental Association.

Dentists issue around nine per cent of all antibiotic prescriptions in NHS primary care, and five per cent of the NHS total, and since 2015 all UK healthcare providers have had a statutory duty to ensure appropriate antimicrobial use to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance.

The free toolkit is now available to download from both the BDA and FGDP websites.

FGDP Dean, Dr Mick Horton, said: "Dentists have a vital role to play in keeping antibiotics working. Audit helps us fulfil our professional responsibility only to prescribe antibiotics when it is appropriate to do so, and the new tool is an easy way to measure our practice against clinical guidance, and identify, implement and sustain any changes we need to put in place."

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