Why are we all on antibiotics?
It’s been over a decade since dental professionals began prescribing antibiotics, but that trend is accelerating.
The number of antibiotics prescribed for chronic dental conditions like cavities and gum disease has more than doubled in the past decade, and it’s accelerating at an even faster rate.
A survey of more than 1,500 dental professionals across the U.S. found that 73 percent of those surveyed reported having used antibiotics to treat dental conditions, up from 42 percent in 2014.
The new survey, conducted by the UCL Institute of Dental Research, asked about dental conditions and dental care that included antibiotics.
The survey was published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
More than half of the respondents reported that they were either on or under the care of a dentist who prescribed antibiotics to patients.
In addition, more than a quarter of the survey respondents said they used antibiotics for other reasons, such as treating gingivitis or gingival inflammation.
One of the most important aspects of the data is that it shows that antibiotic prescriptions are not being used in ways that may be harmful, but rather in ways which are appropriate, beneficial and beneficial for patients, said Dr. Richard C. Johnson, a professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“I think the question really is not if there’s a problem with antibiotics, it’s when are the antibiotics being used,” Johnson said.
While antibiotic prescriptions have increased in the U, they are not the primary reason for the increase.
Researchers also noted that dental patients who have been prescribed antibiotics are not taking the antibiotics because they believe they are safe, but because they want to reduce their risk of developing other infections.
The new survey shows that most dentists are prescribing antibiotics for pain, but they also are prescribing it for conditions that are unrelated to dental health.
“Dentists are not prescribing antibiotics because it is beneficial to them or because they think it’s good for patients,” Johnson told Business Insider.
In fact, the number of dentists who prescribed a second course of antibiotics was more than double the number who prescribed them for other dental conditions.
For some conditions, the majority of prescriptions were for other conditions.
For example, only 10 percent of respondents reported they had prescribed antibiotics for gingiva inflammation.
Johnson noted that this is different from the general public.
This survey highlights the fact that we need to be careful in what we’re prescribing,” Johnson added.
When people are prescribed antibiotics, they have a lot of side effects that are likely to make the medicine ineffective or even harmful, said University of Pennsylvania associate professor of medicine and public health.
It can also cause the body to respond to the medication differently, so that it doesn’t feel like it’s taking effect.
For instance, people who are taking antibiotics may experience nausea and fatigue, which can be bad for their health.
In some cases, they may also experience diarrhea or vomiting.
But most of the people who prescribed the antibiotics were taking them for non-dental conditions.
According to Johnson, some of the doctors prescribing antibiotics may have been prescribing them for reasons unrelated to their primary health care patients.
For other cases, doctors may have prescribed antibiotics specifically to treat a specific condition, such the condition that is most likely to trigger the side effects.
Johnson said that there is an opportunity to intervene to prevent the use of antibiotics for chronic conditions, but there is also an opportunity for doctors to use them for the right reasons.”
If a doctor doesn’t think that this medication is good for his or her patients, that’s a really good reason to stop prescribing it,” Johnson explained.
Despite the increase in antibiotics, Johnson believes that more needs to be done to help dental patients get the best possible dental care.”
The next question is: How do we increase the number and use of dental medications in people?
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There’s a lot more we could be doing to make sure that we have a better chance of helping people with chronic conditions.”
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