At Weston Cottage Dental Practice we take prescribing antibiotics for our patients very seriously. Please see the statement below released by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP) in December 2020.
“Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem that leads to antibiotics no longer being effective in treating even simple infections. There are serious consequences for everyone, but particularly those undergoing major surgery, chemotherapy, organ or stem cell transplants. Every year, 25,000 people across Europe, and 700,000 worldwide, die from antibiotic-resistant infections, and the UK government predicts the annual global toll could be 10 million by 2050. Dentists have a vital role to play in keeping antibiotics working by prescribing them only when necessary, and by educating patients to take and dispose of them responsibly”
Weston Cottage Dental Practice prides itself in providing high quality, evidence based and ethical dentistry. In the case of a dental infection or dental problem, antibiotics will only be prescribed if justified and in accordance with FGDP guidelines following a thorough, clinical assessment. This may be different to what you are used to but as always, is in your best interests!
Weston Cottage Team