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Antibiotic prescribing

Around 10% of all antibiotic prescriptions come from dentists in primary care. Research indicates many of these prescriptions are unnecessary.

The Dental Antimicrobial Stewardship Toolkit is designed to help practitioners in primary care provide optimal antibiotic prescribing when managing dental infections. With it, you can track and monitor your prescribing patterns, stay compliant and help your patients understand when antibiotics are appropriate.


Self-audit tool

​Download the electronic template for accurate and easy auditing, including read codes, current guidance and action plans.

Prescribing and Management of Dental Infection Audit Tool


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This audit tool is compatible with Microsoft Excel 2003 and later versions. It is designed to be used primarily in surgery on a PC or laptop and is not compatible with tablets or smart phones.


Developed as a collaboration between the BDA, FGDP and Public Health England, we hope that dental professionals will use this toolkit to ensure antibiotics are only prescribed when clinically necessary.

Patient information and resources

​Download the poster and leaflet to help raise awareness of the issue with your patients.


NHS patient information leaflet on antibiotics in dentistry
NHS 'antibiotics don't cure toothache' poster 

​Current antibiotic prescribing guidance

Dental Practitioners' Formulary
FGDP Open Standards Initiative on antimicrobial prescribing
SDCEP Drug Prescribing for Dentistry

What is the BDA doing?​We have led on getting the issue of antibiotic prescribing in dentistry on the agenda.