Why should dentists be concerned about the antimicrobial resistance crisis and what can be done about it?
Dr. Susan Sutherland, Dentist in Chief at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, spoke with Dr, John O’Keefe about antimicrobial resistance crisis and the trend in antibiotic prescription by dentists.
- 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.