Use of Antibiotic Therapy for Pediatric Dental Patients

Purpose

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes the increasing prevalence of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms and potential for adverse drug reactions and interactions. These recommendations are intended to provide guidance in the proper and judicious use of antibiotic therapy in the treatment of oral conditions. The use of antibiotic prophylaxis for dental patients at risk for infection is addressed in a separate best practices document.1 Information regarding commonly prescribed antibiotics can be found in Useful Medications for Oral Conditions.2