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BDA to support the dental profession in tackling Antimicrobial Resistance

The British Dental Association (BDA) has taken the lead in the battle to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in dentistry.

The World Health Organization has identified AMR as a serious threat to public health worldwide. The BDA is now working to present recommendations from an expert summit held at its London Headquarters this week for publication at its Annual Conference in May 2015.

The BDA also calls on its members become an Antibiotic Guardian by taking the pledge to cut the use of antibiotics ahead of European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November.

Dr Graham Stokes, Chair of the BDA Health and Science Committee and one of the initiators of the summit, said:

"The battle against antimicrobial resistance will require concerted action by individuals, agencies and governments.  And that is why the British Dental Association is stepping up.

"Dentists are responsible for approximately 10 per cent of all antibiotic prescriptions in the UK and evidence suggests that many patients could be treated more appropriately without antibiotics. It is important we all work together to ensure that the right treatment is given at the right time, with the right funding.

"We will offer some clear recommendations that can make a difference. This is a problem facing the entire healthcare community, and we can all be part of the solution. The pledge to become an Antibiotic Guardian next week is a chance for all practitioners to do their bit."


About the BDA

The British Dental Association (BDA) is the professional association and trade union for dentists in the UK. It represents dentists working in general practice, in community and hospital settings, in academia and research, and in the armed forces, and includes dental students. The BDA promotes members’ interests, advances the science, arts and ethics of dentistry, and contributes towards improving the nation's oral health.

For further information, please contact the BDA's media team on 0207 563 4145/46 or visit the BDA's BDA news centre. You can also follow news from the BDA on Twitter. Membership packages reflect the varied needs of dentists.