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Antibiotic use, resistance and stewardship in dentistry

Guest Editors:
Kangmin Duan
: The University of Manitoba, Canada
Smitha Sukumar: The University of Sydney, Australia
Leanne Teoh: The University of Melbourne, Australia
Wendy Thompson: The University of Manchester, UK

BMC Oral Health has published this collection on antibiotic use, resistance and stewardship in dentistry. 

Meet the Guest Editors

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Kangmin Duan: The University of Manitoba, Canada

Prof. Kangmin Duan is a professor in the Department of Oral Biology, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. His research is in the areas of oral microbiome, bacterial pathogenesis, and cell-cell interactions.

Smitha Sukumar: The University of Sydney, Australia
Dr. Smitha Sukumar is a Senior Lecturer and general dentist at Sydney Dental School and also maintains a private practice. Her principal research area is in oral microbiology, specifically genome-based investigation of oral resistome (collective of antibiotic resistance genes) in health and disease, using Next Generation Sequencing platforms. 

Leanne Teoh: The University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr. Leanne Teoh is a dentist, pharmacist and Lecturer of Dental Therapeutics at the Melbourne Dental School, University of Melbourne. Her research interest is dental prescribing practices, with a focus on dental antibiotic stewardship.


Wendy Thompson: The University of Manchester, UK
Dr. Wendy Thompson is a clinical lecturer in primary dental care at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research interest is dental antibiotic stewardship with a focus on urgent dental care.

About the collection

Antibiotics remain the primary treatment for many bacterial infections, including those that negatively impact our oral health. In the USA, it has been estimated that dentists prescribe approximately 10% of outpatient antibiotics. Yet the spread of antibiotic resistance due to inappropriate prescribing and overuse presents a major global health risk.  Antibiotic resistance challenges the effective delivery of a number of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including SDGs 1, 2, 3, 8 and 10. To bring attention to this issue, BMC Oral Health has published this Collection to bring together research on:

  • The use of antibiotics in oral surgery and dentistry
  • Antibiotic resistance in dentistry
  • Characterising antibiotic knowledge and prescribing practices by dentists
  • Improving the appropriate use of antibiotics by targeting the diagnostic, prescribing and behavioural aspects.
  • The development of new tools, materials, technologies and practices to prevent, treat and reduce the transmission of bacteria and resistance genes.
  1. Adherence to antibiotic recommendations and safety aspects of restrictive use are important components when combating antibiotic resistance. The primary aim of this study was to assess the impact of national g...

    Authors: Nikoo Bazsefidpay, Fredrik Holmqvist, Dalia Khalil, Cecilia Larsson Wexell, Margareta Hultin, Peter Nilsson and Bodil Lund
    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2023 23:818
  2. Enterococcus faecalis (E. faecalis) is frequently isolated from root canals with failed root canal treatments. Due to the strong ability of E. faecalis to resist many often-used antimicrobials, coping with E. fae...

    Authors: Silei Lv, Wei Fan and Bing Fan
    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2023 23:299
  3. Evaluate the role of platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) as a natural carrier for antibiotics delivery through the analysis of drug release and antimicrobial activity.

    Authors: Francesco Bennardo, Luca Gallelli, Caterina Palleria, Manuela Colosimo, Leonzio Fortunato, Giovambattista De Sarro and Amerigo Giudice
    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2023 23:134
  4. Enterococcus faecalis (E. faecalis) is the most frequently isolated bacteria from teeth with root canal treatment failure. This study aims to evaluate the disinfection effect of ultrasonic-mediated cold plasma-lo...

    Authors: Mengqian Zhu, Jie Dang, Feihong Dong, Ruoqing Zhong, Jue Zhang, Jie Pan and Yinglong Li
    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2023 23:133
  5. Inter-appointment medication of the root canals with appropriate intracanal medicaments has been advocated to improve root canal disinfection. Graphene oxide (GO) has shown promising antimicrobial activity aga...

    Authors: Fateme Eskandari, Abbas Abbaszadegan, Ahmad Gholami and Yasamin Ghahramani
    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2023 23:20
  6. Broad spectrum antibiotics are often used for the prophylaxis of infectious endocarditis and treatment of odontogenic infections, but there are limited data related to antibiotic use and adherence to prescript...

    Authors: Safoura Sheikh Rezaei, Brigitte Litschauer, Karolina Anderle, Stephanie Maurer, Patrick Jan Beyers, Berthold Reichardt and Michael Wolzt
    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2022 22:519
  7. Periodontal diseases are pathological processes resulting from infections and inflammation affecting the periodontium or the tissue surrounding and supporting the teeth. Pathogenic bacteria living in complex b...

    Authors: Md Mahamudul Haque, Katherine Yerex, Anastasia Kelekis-Cholakis and Kangmin Duan
    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2022 22:492

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Antibiotic use, resistance and stewardship in dentistry" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.