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.
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