Disciplines:
  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
Hours: 1 Contact Hour
Author(s):
  • Jason H. Goodchild, DMD
  • ​Mark Donaldson, BSP, RPH, PHARMD, FASHP, FACHE
Peer Reviewer(s): Joseph Best, DDS, PhD
Item#: L0713
Contents: 1 Course Book (44 pages)
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Three Drug Classes Every Dentist Should Know: Antibiotics, Analgesics, and Local Anesthetics - Module I: Antibiotics



Price $9.95
Item # L0713
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Release Date: September 4, 2015 
Expiration Date: September 3, 2018 

Oral healthcare professionals (OHCPs) are routinely involved with the selection and prescription of antibiotics to either prevent an infection prophylactically or to manage an existing orofacial infection therapeutically. In fact, there are only three major uses of antimicrobial agents in the practice of dentistry: prophylaxis in patients with compromised immune systems caused by certain diseases or medications; prophylaxis in patients at risk for developing infective endocarditis; and treatment of an acute dental infection.  Although OHCPs must stay current with the published guidelines that represent existing standards of care, the evidence in support of these recommendations can be controversial. Regardless of these issues, the appropriate prescribing of antibiotics, while challenging for both dental and medical professionals alike, is vitally important in the overall management of patients.  The practice of overprescribing antibiotics in certain medical and dental situations as well as development of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria could be greatly abated with closer attention to basic prescription-writing principles. 

This intermediate-level course reviews the pharmacology of antimicrobial agents and presents current guidelines and therapeutic choices in order to optimize antibiotic prescribing practices.  It also discusses the differences among antibiotics typically prescribed for orofacial infections.  The course also explains the appropriate selection of antimicrobial therapy for the pregnant and breastfeeding patient as well as patients with significant allergy histories.  Because the goal of antibiotic therapy is to ensure selection of the right drug at the right time and at the right dose, for the right patient and the right procedure, the information in this course should be considered essential knowledge for all OHCPs, those just starting their career and those needing a mid-career refresher.

AGD Subject Code: 344

Western Schools designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit.

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Three Drug Classes Every Dental Professional Should Know: Antibiotics, Analgesics, and Anesthetics (L0726)

This course shares overlapping content with, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Premedication for Dental Procedures (L0778).


Course Objectives
  • Discuss the pathogens most commonly associated with orofacial infections.
  • Describe the characteristics of antibiotics and the timing of their usage.
  • Differentiate among specific antibiotics.
  • Identify the indications and contraindications for antibiotic usage.
Jason H. Goodchild, DMD, is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He received his dental training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where he now holds a faculty position as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Oral Medicine. He is also assistant professor in the Division of Oral Diagnosis in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the New Jersey Dental School. Dr. Goodchild has published numerous articles on the topics of enteral sedation, oral medicine, and pharmacology. He has been an invited speaker for the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Association of Dental Examiners. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association, General Dentistry, and Quintessence International. He has also served as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Goodchild also maintains a private dental practice in Havertown, Pennsylvania.

Mark Donaldson, BSP, RPH, PharmD, FASHP, FACHE, received his baccalaureate degree from the University of British Columbia and his doctorate in clinical pharmacy from the University of Washington. He has further completed a residency at Canada’s largest tertiary care facility, Vancouver General Hospital, and is the current Director of Pharmaceutical Services at Kalispell Regional Healthcare. Dr. Donaldson is a clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula and clinical associate professor in the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. He has a special interest in dental pharmacology and has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners. Dr. Donaldson has a number of published works in the peer-reviewed literature and has co-authored textbook chapters. He spent three years in Japan focusing on cross-cultural communication and internationalization. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the American Dental Association, is board certified in healthcare management, and is the president of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Montana Chapter.
Joseph Best, DDS, PhD, is a 1989 graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry (MUSOD) and a part-time faculty member at the dental school in the division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is the course director for the Medical Emergencies and Pharmacotherapeutics courses at MUSOD and lectures extensively in pharmacology, medicine, oral surgery, and implant dentistry, both at the dental school and in regional continuing education programs. Dr. Best received his PhD in pharmacology and a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and maintains a private practice with Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates of Waukesha in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He is also a certified basic life support instructor for the American Heart Association.
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