Resources for Dental Clinics

Getting Started

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division of Oral Health defines antibiotic stewardship as “the effort to measure antibiotic prescribing; to improve antibiotic prescribing by clinicians and use by patients so that antibiotics are only prescribed and used when needed; to minimize misdiagnoses or delayed diagnoses leading to underuse of antibiotics; and to ensure that the right drug, dose, and duration are selected when an antibiotic is needed."

Patients who are unnecessarily exposed to antibiotics are placed at risk of adverse events with no benefit. Antimicrobial stewardship practices and programs can help protect patients from these adverse events.

The resources below are designed to assist healthcare professionals working in the dental setting with implementing a program.

Implementation Guidance




Education and Clinical Guidance

Specialized Training Opportunities

National Clinical Guidelines

Provider Education

Patient Education


CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance and Patient Safety Portal (ARSP)

  • Allows facilities to explore and visualize national and state-specific data relevant to both outpatient and inpatient antibiotic stewardship programs

Questions & Feedback