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The Dental Professional’s Role in the Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance and Adverse Antibiotic Reactions


Maria L. Geisinger, DDS, MS

Credit Hours:

2 Hour(s)


This course will review the evidence regarding antibiotic usage in the dental setting, discuss the mechanisms of action of antibiotics commonly used in the dental setting, and establish the rationale for the ADA guidelines and best practice...

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This course will review the evidence regarding antibiotic usage in the dental setting, discuss the mechanisms of action of antibiotics commonly used in the dental setting, and establish the rationale for the ADA guidelines and best practices for their implementation in dental practices.

  • Intended Audience:

    Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assisting Students

  • Date Course Online:

    Apr 17, 2020

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  • Course Expiration Date:

    Apr 16, 2023

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  • AGD Subject Code(s):

    10, 70, 340

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Understand the current evidence-based consensus recommendations about prescribing patterns for urgent pulpal and periapical-related dental pain and intraoral swelling.
  • Assess the comparative effectiveness of different antibiotic drugs and prescribing directions in common clinical scenarios of acute dental pain and intraoral swelling.
  • Review current dental and medical antibiotic prescribing patterns in the U.S. and worldwide.
  • Assess emerging patterns of multi-drug resistance in bacteria and their effect on the healthcare system as a whole.
  • Evaluate patients’ risk factors and treatment needs based upon individualized patient needs and presentations.
  • Enable dental professionals to best counsel their patients on appropriate antibiotic use and the rationale for their prescribing recommendations.
  • Participate actively in an interdisciplinary team of health care providers in educating patients and colleagues about changes to prescribing patterns that may decrease exposure and reduce societal risk for multi-drug resistant bacteria.


  • P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.
  • Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

Note:  Registration is required to take test.


Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • The author reports no conflicts of interest associated with this course.
Maria L. Geisinger

Maria L. Geisinger


Mia L. Geisinger, DDS, MS is a Professor and Director of Advanced Education in Periodontology in the Department of Periodontology in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry. Dr. Geisinger received her BS in Biology ...

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