Antibiotic resistance needs tackling immediately across dentistry
FDI World Dental Federation is the global voice of the dental profession, dedicated to safeguarding the health and wellbeing of people worldwide through the improved prevention, treatment, and control of oral diseases.
Antibiotics are the cornerstone of modern medicine. Effective antibiotic drugs are vital to protect people from potentially fatal diseases and reduce risk during complex procedures such as chemotherapy, organ transplantation and other surgery. For patients with a spreading dental infection, effective antibiotics are crucial. Sepsis and the spread of infection toward vital structures may occur rapidly for patients with dental infections, and these conditions can be life-threatening.
Overuse and misuse of antibiotics is driving the spread of drug-resistant infections. Antibiotic resistance is a significant threat to health and wealth. When you need antibiotics, you need them to work.
Antibiotic resistance is a problem that affects everyone, including you, your family, and friends. Action is needed immediately.
We are living in an era in which sustainable development must be at the forefront and in which the needs of the present should be met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs and safety. The Word Health Organization (WHO) has adopted a global action plan on antimicrobial resistance. Based on a One Health approach, it recognizes the close connection of human, animal and environmental health.
Dentists are responsible for about 10% of antibiotic prescribing for humans globally. All members of the dental team have a clear responsibility to engage, commit and contribute to global, national and local efforts to tackle antibiotic resistance. National Dental Associations (NDAs) and the wider dental community have the opportunity to contribute to international efforts to tackle antibiotic resistance and enhance patient safety.
You can pledge to tackle antibiotic resistance through raising awareness, preventing dental infections and optimizing antibiotic prescribing (antibiotic stewardship) through the following actions:
FDI Pledge on Antibiotic Resistance signatories
|American Dental Association|
|Armenian Dental Association|
|Asociación Dental Mexicana|
|Asociación Odontológica Panameña|
|Asociación Odontologica Uruguaya|
|Association Dentaire Française|
|Association des chirurgiens-dentistes du Burkina|
|Association des Chirurgiens-Dentistes du Togo|
|Association Marocaine De Prévention Buccodentaire|
|Association Rwandaise des Chirurgiens-Dentistes|
|Associazione Nazionale Dentisti Italiani|
|Australian Dental Association|
|Azerbaijan Stomatological Association|
|Bénin ‘s National Dental Association|
|British Dental Association|
|Colegio de Cirujano Dentistas de Chile|
|Consejo General De Odontólogos Y Estomatólogos De España|
|Croatian Dental Society/Croatian Medical Association|
|Dental Chamber of Kosovo|
|Estonian Dental Association|
|Federacion Odontologica Colombiana|
|Georgian Stomatological Association|
|Hong Kong Dental Association|
|International Association of Dental Students|
|Irish Dental association|
|Israel Dental Association|
|Italian Dental Association (AIO)|
|Japan Dental Association|
|Kenya Dental Association|
|Korean Dental Association|
|Lithuanian Dental Chamber|
|Macau Dental Association|
|Malaysian Dental Association|
|Myanmar Dental Asdociation|
|New Zealand Dental Association|
|Norwegian Dental Association|
|Papua New Guinea Dental Association|
|Philippine Dental Association|
|Polish Dental Association|
|Royal Dutch Dental Associaton|
|Slovak Chamber of Dentists|
|South African Dental Association|
|Sri Lanka Dental Association|
|Stomatological Society of Greece|
|Swedish Dental Association|
|Turkish Dental Association|
|Zimbabwe Dental Association|
*Suggestion: Follow our online course on Tackling antibiotic resistance: what can dental teams do?
This pledge is based on the White Paper: The essential role of the dental team in reducing antibiotic resistance. It will be reviewed and updated every two years following the latest developments on antibiotic resistance.