Dentist-Prescribed Antibiotics Cause C. diff

Posted On: October 23, 2017


By Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN

The over prescribing of antibiotics has created a global health crisis with the emergence of Superbugs such as antibiotic-resistance Clostridium difficile or C. diff. It turns out that dentists are frequent prescribers of antibiotics, accounting for approximately 10% of all antibiotic prescriptions.  If your dentist prescribes a course of antibiotics, be sure to follow up with probiotics.

This article is a report about a study that was presented at the October 2017 IDWeek meeting that was held in San Diego, CA. ID stands for Infectious Diseases and the week-long IDWeek event is jointly sponsored by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), and the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA).

Stacy Holzbauer, DVM, who is a field officer with the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) presented the following report.  A 7-year analysis of 5 counties in Minnesota revealed that 57% of patients with C. difficile had been prescribed antibiotics.  However, in 15% of these patients, dentists had written the antibiotic prescriptions.

Holzbauer said that dentists are less likely to be aware the adverse effects of antibiotics. For example, people usually don’t go to their dentist when they have diarrhea, so dentists are less likely to get this feedback.

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