- We are entering the post-antibiotic era “in which common infections and minor injuries can kill.” Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO.
- Although there is a large number of antibiotics, a large proportion of these antibiotics has become ineffective as organisms have become resistant to them in the last 10 to 15 years.
- On the other hand, there are very few new antibiotics being developed.
- In Canada, overall, there are 2000 deaths related to resistant organisms every year, greater than the number of deaths from head and neck cancer.
- There needs to be an awareness that there is a crisis and that we are part of it. Dental organizations can help get the message out.
- As education is important our Canadian faculties of dentistry need to include correct guidance in using antibiotics.
- Individual dentists need to weigh the risks and benefits of prescribing antibiotics.
- The Canadian Association of Hospital Dentists is seeking more feedback on antimicrobial stewardship.