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Tackling Antibiotic Resistance: What Should Dentists Do?

Discover the danger posed by antibiotic resistance, and how dental teams can meet the challenge to protect patients.

Tackling Antibiotic Resistance: What Should Dentists Do?
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study1 hour
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Explore how dentists can tackle the threat of global antibiotic resistance

Antibiotics are lifesaving drugs – when you need them, you need them to work. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses a significant threat to health and wealth globally. Dental teams can do their bit by optimising the use of antibiotics.

On this course, you’ll identify ways in which those involved in dental practice can do their bit to tackle antibiotic resistance (ABR).

You’ll explore the worldwide issue of antibiotic resistance, discovering the impact of resistant infections on dentistry, and how collaboration within a dental team can be key to tackling AMR.

What topics will you cover?

  • Awareness about why and how antibiotic-resistant infections are your problem
  • Motivating change by sharing examples of antibiotic stewardship, infection prevention and control, and awareness-raising from around the world
  • Creating a framework to help you devise ways you and your team can help tackle antibiotic resistance in your own context

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the global problem of antibiotic resistance (ABR)
  • Summarise the impact of resistant infections on dentistry and of dentistry on ABR more generally
  • Reflect on why ABR is a problem which affects everyone (including you, your friends and family)
  • Explore the risks of both infections and antibiotics to patients
  • Identify what you will do to help tackle ABR
  • Explain the importance of local solutions to the global problem and understand that it is an issue for the whole dental team and beyond

Who is the course for?

This course is for members of the dental team (clinical and non-clinical) and other healthcare professionals who deal with patients presenting with toothache/abscess.

Who will you learn with?

Wendy Thompson is an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Primary Dental Care at the University of Manchester. Her research is about the use of antibiotics in dentistry, with a focus on toothache and abscesses.

Who developed the course?

BSAC

Founded in 1971, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy exists to facilitate the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy.

FDI World Dental Federation

FDI World Dental Federation serves as the principal representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide, developing health policy and continuing education programmes, speaking as a unified voice for dentistry in international advocacy and supporting member associations in global oral health promotion activities.

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