Tips for prescribing antibiotics for dental pain, swelling

While antibiotics can be a vital tool in a dentist’s practice, continuing to prescribe them wisely can help to ensure they remain effective.

The ADA has pledged commitment to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Antimicrobial Resistance Challenge and has released the latest clinical practice guideline on antibiotic use for dental pain and swelling.

Don’t have time to read the full guideline? Check out our recent Facebook Live video where guideline coauthor Dr. Erinne Kennedy and dental student Hannah Cho highlight what you need to know. Get the scoop from the ADA’s Ask an Expert: Tips for Prescribing Antibiotics video below.

Download the full guideline and get free resources at You’ll find chairside guides for easy access during treatment, an online tool to help guide prescribing decisions and a patient video to help explain why antibiotics might not be the best course of treatment.

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