Course Description:

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Dentists are the third-highest prescribers of antibiotics in all outpatient settings in the United States, and the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has created new antibiotic guidelines.

The new Guidelines focus on localized infection, with a little time on spreading infections. They were predicated on a multidisciplinary evaluation of the risk-benefit ratio of antibiotics and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on antibiotic use for the urgent management of pulpal- and periapical-related dental pain and intraoral swelling.

Dr. Fang developed this lecture for DOCS to help you understand and put them into practice. Walkthrough several case studies that help you understand which antibiotic(s) to use in various scenarios. This is MODULE THIRTEEN in a 13-module video lecture series, UCS Companion Video Series, developed and presented by Dr. Leslie Fang. 

Course Objectives:

  • What is the role of antibiotics for patients who present with dental pain and swelling? This is nuanced and can be very confusing.
  • How can you determine if an infection is localized or a spreading infection in immunocompetent patients?
  • How can suboptimal or unneeded dental prescriptions cause harm?
  • What are the 18 new drug-resistant superbugs recently identified by the CDC?
  • How and why should definitive conservative dental treatment should be prioritized?
  • What are the causes of acute dental pain and swelling as an untreated condition progresses through the stages from dental caries to necrosis?
  • How do symptomatic irreversible pulpitis (SIP) with or without symptomatic apical periodontitis (SAP) present? 
  • What does “delayed antibiotics” (delayed prescription) mean?
  • How does the antibiotic dosing schedule affect patient compliance?
  • Which antibiotic would you use if a patient were allergic to penicillin?
  • Why is QTc Prolongation an issue? Which drugs can prolong QTc?
  • Why is Metronidazole called the “piggyback antibiotic?”
  • And more…

Scientific support and additional resources are available here. 

UCS organizes the complicated, nuanced topic of antibiotics with decision trees to assist you in choosing the best treatments.

Module 9

This is MODULE THIRTEEN in a 13-module video lecture series, UCS Companion Video Series, developed and presented by Dr. Leslie Fang.

This module is worth 1 Credit Hour. Receive significant savings when purchasing the full series.

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Purchase of this course grants access for one year and requires an internet connection, computer with video and audio capabilities, and in some cases, Adobe Reader to view handouts and articles. 

Watch the video and complete the quiz to earn one CE credit.

Scientific support and additional resources are available here. 

You can download this course and watch it anywhere using the DOCS APP. Get it on Google Play or the Apple Store.

NOTE: Many dental boards require that a specified portion of your CE credits be via in-person attendance at live courses. Check your state's rules!


(AGD Code - Definition - Hours)

010 (Basic Sciences: Pharmacotherapeutics) — 1 Hour


Original release date: 1/16/2020

DOCS online courses are available to the purchaser for one year from date of purchase.
No refund of course tuition is available.



Dr. Leslie Fang
Dr. Leslie Fang

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