The dangerous overuse of antibiotics

September 4th, 2014

Practitioners need effective dental enterprise software if they want to succeed in the business. Such a tool will enable them to plan procedures and make schedules, along with keeping a log of data available about each patient within easy reach.

Having said that, another important aspect of the dental profession is keeping up with the latest news, including the fact that antibiotics are becoming increasingly ineffective against treating common diseases. According to The Guardian, antibiotics are losing their strength to combat disease in every country across the globe.

"Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill," said Dr Keiji Fukuda, the World Health Organization's assistant director general for health security.

Fukuda added that antibiotics have long been major disease-fighters that have allowed the human race to expand its lifespan and otherwise live healthier lives. The problem of antibiotic resistance is not only a problem for one country, but a serious issue that all countries must work together to tackle with single-minded purpose.

Even common diseases are becoming resistant to antibiotics
According to The Guardian even the intestinal bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae, which causes pneumonia and several other diseases, is becoming resistant to last-resort antibiotics that would have worked very quickly to kill the disease in the past.

"We see horrendous rates of antibiotic resistance wherever we look in our field operations, including children admitted to nutritional centers in Niger, and people in our surgical and trauma units in Jordan," said Dr Jennifer Cohn, medical director of the MSF Access Campaign. "Countries need to improve their surveillance of antimicrobial resistance, as otherwise our actions are just a shot in the dark; without this information, doctors don't know the extent of the problem and can't take the right clinical decisions needed."

A report by the American Association of Endodontists is available, charting the course that has lead to increased resistance by bacteria to common and last-resort antibiotics. The report attributes the main rise to the overuse of these drugs to treat patients who would otherwise recover without any medical intervention. Dentists are also responsible for making sure to give their patients antibiotics only when absolutely necessary to ward off this deadly threat.

Using the most up-to-date dental software and technology available is not enough to prevent the overuse of antibiotics. Only a treatment plan that ensures stricter enforcement of what doctors give their patients will help to keep these life-saving drugs effective.

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