Antibiotics in Dentistry: Advancements, Challenges, and Best Practices


By Dr Randhir Seewoodharry Buguth

In 1928, Sir Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin marked a watershed moment in medicine, offering a potent weapon against bacterial infections. Subsequent efforts by researchers like E. Chain and H. Florey in Oxford University led to the mass production of antibiotics, revolutionizing healthcare during World War II and beyond.

The collaboration between the UK and the US spurred the widespread availability of antibiotics, initially with low levels of bacterial resistance. This era saw the emergence of numerous pharmaceutical firms dedicated to producing these life-saving drugs, culminating in the monumental effort to provide 2.3 million doses of penicillin for soldiers during the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944.

In modern dentistry, antibiotics play a vital role, with UK dentists accounting for 10% of all antimicrobial prescriptions. Guided by rigorous standards set by institutions like the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (FGDP), the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), and the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP), practitioners ensure judicious antibiotic use to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Read More… Become a Subscriber

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