The overprescribing of antibiotics is a national epidemic, leading to many unnecessary side effects and bacterial resistance. With dentists being responsible for 10% of antibiotic prescriptions in the United States, it is critical that dentists prescribe antibiotics based on sound clinical judgement. This presentation focuses on the use of the clinical/radiographic exam to determine the proper diagnosis, indications for prescribing antibiotics, and the most therapeutic antibiotics for odontogenic infections.
- Identify the clinical terminology for pulpal and periapical diagnoses
- Explain the use of clinical and radiographic evidence in diagnosing tooth pain/swelling
- Define when antibiotic therapy is indicated using the ADA guidelines and a patient's health status