Antimicrobial Stewardship: Dental

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 80-90% of human antibiotic prescribing links back to outpatient and other ambulatory care settings. In addition, several dental studies noted findings of up to 85% of antibiotic prescriptions as “suboptimal” or “not indicated.” Dentists also account for 1 in 10 antibiotic prescriptions in the outpatient setting, which makes them the third to fourth highest antibiotic prescribers by volume following family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics.

A room with dental care items.

Safety, quality, and care concerns prompted the American Dental Association (ADA) to participate in a “White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship” in 2015. That Forum led to an ADA endorsement for member antibiotic stewardship and improved prescribing practices. The scope of antibiotic prescribing and use in the dental setting makes it an ongoing area of focus for antibiotic use tracking and evidence-based prescribing reduction.


Antibiotic Stewardship Program Dental Update Newsletters

Antibiotic Prescribing Optimization. P-03028-2021-1, January 2021

Dental Update, P-03028-2020-10, November 2020

Dental Providers


Oral Health Antibiotic Toolkit, P-03109, December 2021

Acute Dental Pain Management

Prophylaxis for Cardiac Conditions

Print Materials

7 Ways Dentists Can Act Against Antibiotic Resistance

Dentists Are Antibiotic Stewards, P-03009 – Office Poster Template

Patient Fact Sheets 

Antibiotics Before Dental Procedures in Patients with Artificial Joints, P-03155 (PDF)


Last Revised: December 16, 2021