Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Dentistry: A lethal connect

C.S. Baiju 1 and Diya Pandey 2, *

1 Department of Periodontics and Oral Implantology, Sudha Rustagi College of Dental Sciences and Research, Faridabad, Haryana, India.
2 Sudha Rustagi College of Dental Sciences and Research, Faridabad, Haryana, India.
Review Article
World Journal of Advanced Research and Reviews, 2024, 22(03), 1600–1610
Article DOI10.30574/wjarr.2024.22.3.1905
Publication history: 
Received on 18 May 2024; revised on 25 June 2024; accepted on 27 June 2024
In the unfolding narrative of global health, the ominous spectre of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) looms large, presenting an ever more urgent challenge to public health systems worldwide. Antibiotics are a primary tool in the field of therapeutic medicine & dentistry & they saturate the Indian pharmaceutical markets. Dentistry places substantial reliance on use of antibiotics in prophylaxis & therapy, but this dependence contributes to the overuse & misuse of these drugs. A significant number of prescriptions are frequently deemed superfluous.  Furthermore, antibiotics are readily accessible over the counter in addition to being subject to notable instances of overprescription. The absence of timely antibiotic culture & susceptibility tools accelerates the dissemination of resistance, resembling a wildfire.
Given current trends, it appears we are unwittingly fostering a situation akin to Frankenstein's monster. But is this foresight or mere paranoia? Our focus must centre not only on bolstering surveillance but also on the understanding of the need of antibiotics in dental treatment, advocating for responsible antibiotic usage & advancing research into innovative treatments, in return fortifying healthcare systems. Failure to curb the spread of antimicrobial resistance, at best- jeopardises individual health to a point of no return, & at its worst- undermines the sustainability of modern medicine as we know it. This article is aimed to depict the contemporary landscape of antimicrobial resistance within the realm of dentistry ,speculate on its potential detrimental trajectory.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR); Overprescription; Dental treatment; Impending pandemic
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