Good hygiene can delay antibiotic resistance

20th November 2019 | Posted by: Vanessa Giraud

This week is World Antibiotic Awareness week. It was introduced to remind healthcare professionals and patients why the use of antibiotics needs careful monitoring. Healthcare professionals are increasingly concerned about antibiotic resistance.  The more bacteria become resistant to antibiotics the harder it is to treat infections and prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

“Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, the persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human and animal health have encouraged the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance, which occurs when microbes, such as bacteria, become resistant to the drugs used to treat them.”

World Health Organisation

Why is antibiotic resistance increasing?

World Antibiotic Awareness Week brings to our attention the reasons for global antibiotic resistance. It offers information to help everyone slow down the spread of antibiotic resistance.

What can we do in the home against antibiotic resistance?

As antibiotics are widely used in farming, bacteria can easily enter the food we eat, whether it’s meat or vegetables. Mixed among the harmless bacteria, are antibiotic resistant bacteria. Those then find new host sites where they can multiply.

Good hygiene not only helps protect us from illness but also helps to prevent the spread of strains of bacteria that have developed antibiotic resistance.

Is antibiotic resistance a problem in dentistry?

poster for antibiotic awareness - don't cure toothache
A key message from the NHS and dentists is that antibiotics don’t cure toothache!

Good oral hygiene practices focusing on preventive care help keep the mouth, gums and teeth healthy. But, especially as we get older and teeth become worn, it’s easier for bacteria to penetrate the enamel and cause dental decay. Regular visits to the dentist and the dental hygienist help to identify and treat dental concerns before a deeper problem develops that may need antibiotics.

Preventive care for children is important

In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) covers the cost of children’s dental treatment. Some SpaDental practices can register children as NHS patients; others are private practices but offer advantageous rates for children of registered patients. Find out if we have a dentist near you.

Dental needs often increase with age

As we get older, enamel weakens and bacterial infection can begin more easily. When your dentist spots a concern treatment will prevent it developing into a problem. Regular dental visits can prevent the unpleasant experience of toothache or abscesses.

If you do have toothache, it’s very important to visit the dentist to treat the cause of the infection. For example, in the case of toothache caused by dental decay your dentist will clean away areas where unfriendly bacteria are multiplying. The remaining tooth is healthy and usually antibiotics are unnecessary.

As people practice effective preventive dental care, the need to prescribe antibiotics will decrease.

Get in touch to make a dental appointment

Whatever our age, we should all visit the dentist every six months, unless told otherwise.

SpaDental offers a full range of treatments as well different ways to pay for care. Why not get in touch to find out more?



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