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Knowledge, attitude, and practice survey on usage of antibiotics among dental practitioners in southern region of India

G. Lokhasudhan , Iffat Nasim


A cross-sectional survey was done across the southern part of India regarding the usage of antibiotics. Antibiotics are prescribed by dentists for treatment and as well as prevention of infection. Indications for the use of systemic antibiotics in dentistry are limited since most dental and periodontal diseases are best managed by operative intervention and oral hygiene measures. However, the literature provides evidence of inadequate knowledge in prescribing antibiotics by dentists. Here, we do survey that investigated the pattern of antibiotic use by dentists. The main defects in the knowledge of antibiotic prescribing are outlined. The main conclusion is that the usage of antibiotics by dentists is inadequate and this is manifested by overprescribing. Recommending the medicine by dental practitioners can be improvised by increasing awareness among dental practitioners of the recommended guidelines.

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