Why Dentists Should Be Concerned about Superbugs and Antibiotic Resistance

On this episode of HealthFirst Talks, host Dr. Don Cohen, Chief Clinical Officer, HealthFirst, talked with a panel about the concern of superbugs and antibiotic resistance in dentistry. The panel included Dr. Fiona Collins, General Dentist and infection control expert, Dr. Scott Cohen, family physician and clinical informaticist, Dr. Heather Ferrarese, a clinical pharmacist with a concentration in community pharmacy, and Dr. Stanley Malamed, a dentist anesthesiologist.

This panel discussion was presented at the 2021 OSAP Virtual Conference.

While this panel is about the concern of antibiotic resistance, it’s important to note all the good that they have done, according to Ferrarese. She elaborated that Penicillin was discovered in 1928 by Alexander Fleming, and, since then, antibiotics have become the cornerstone of modern medicine. Along with public sanitation and immunization, antibiotics have significantly contributed to the control of infectious diseases, including doubling the life span in developing countries over the past two centuries. 

However, this doesn’t mean they’re without they’re challenges and negative impacts.

“Antibiotics can cause adverse drug reactions,” Collins said. “One of the particularly worrying ones is actually gastrointestinal infections, in particular C. difficile.”

These bacteria mainly affect older patients in long-term care facilities or hospitals and usually occur after administering antibiotics. It causes a range of symptoms, ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon.

The group also dug into how to identify the key risks and concerns with superbugs, offered insight into how to understand the frequency in which antibiotic prescriptions are written and how often they are overprescribed, and highlighted recommendations from the ADA, AHA, and AAOS. Listen to hear more of the group’s chat.

While low-intensity options could be safer, it’s important to understand your space, the specific device and solution you’re looking into, and how to make a space as safe as possible without putting inhabitants in danger.

Follow us on social media for the latest updates in B2B!

Twitter – @MarketScale
Facebook – facebook.com/marketscale
LinkedIn – linkedin.com/company/marketscale

Follow us on social media for the latest updates in B2B!

Latest

NRF 2022 Retail's Big Show
What’s in the Shopping Cart for the 2022 National Retail Federation’s Big Show?
January 14, 2022
 In just a few short days, from January 16th through the 18th, the National Retail Federation will launch Retail’s Big Show in the shopping capital of the world, New York City. As retail Read more
Schools Struggle to Reach Their Education Technology Goals. Here’s Why and How To Fix It.
January 14, 2022
As we hit the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, the education sector continues to struggle in adjusting to virtual and hybrid education at scale. In 2020, McKinsey estimated that, due to COVID Read more
85% of Clinical Drug Trials Face Delays. What's the True Cost?
85% of Clinical Drug Trials Face Delays. What’s the True Cost?
January 14, 2022
  Clinical trials can save lives and provide new ways to treat disease. The industry estimates that 85% of all clinical trials face delays due to patient enrollment. Understanding that challenge Read more