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Antibiotics in Dentistry: Prophylaxis, Stewardship & Appropriate Clinical Use


COURSE FEE:  Complimentary

CREDITS: This continuing education activity is designated for 3.5 credits

DURATION: 3.5 hours

AGD PACE SUBJECT CODE:  134 Prescription Medication Management

MODE: Electronically Mediated | Live Interactive Webinar

SPEAKER:  Thomas M. Paumier, DDS  

AUDIENCE: Dentists, Dental Hygienists

TECHNOLOGY REQUIRED:  Mobile device, laptop or desktop with internet connection | Google Chrome Browser

INSTRUCTIONS:  Dental CE Academy hosts all webinars using the ClickMeeting platform. Upon registration you are sent a confirmation email from with a link to join. Be sure to check your spam/junk/promotions folders. We recommend logging in 15 minutes early in the event you require assistance. 

HANDOUTS:  Distributed via email to all attendees 1 hour prior to start, during and after the webinar. 

QUIZ FOR CE CREDIT VERIFICATION: At the conclusion of the webinar, attendees will be redirected to complete a quiz for CE credit. An 80% minimum passing score is required, multiple attempts are permitted, and attendees have 7 days to successfully complete the quiz for CE credit.

COURSE SUMMARY:  Antibiotics have improved health outcomes since the discovery of penicillin and its widespread use during WW II. However, their overuse and misuse has now threatened their effectiveness and led to superbug infections that are untreatable, as well as an increase in antibiotic associated C. diff infections. This course will provide antibiotic stewardship guidance and cover the risks of inappropriate antibiotic use, including antibiotic resistance. It will also review the latest ADA Clinical Practice Guidelines related to when antibiotics are appropriate for patients with odontogenic infections. Prescribing recommendations as well as when and why antibiotics are indicated or not indicated will be covered. The topic of antibiotic prophylaxis, current research and clinical practice guidelines related to prosthetic joints, cardiac conditions, transplants and many other medical conditions will be covered.  How to manage these complex patients in daily practice  will be covered so you will be confident you are practicing to the standard of care.


  1. Understand the current Clinical Practice Guidelines for antibiotic prophylaxis and antibiotic use for odontogenic infections.

  2. Understand the risks and benefits of antibiotic use including antibiotic resistance and C. diff infection.

  3. Understand and be able to implement antibiotic stewardship best practices in your practice.

  4. Understand oral bacteremia and the association with distant site infections.

  5. Understand how antibiotic prophylaxis affects oral bacteremia and distant site infections.

  6. Understand the biology and physiology of prosthetic joint infections and infective endocarditis.

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Dr. Thomas M. Paumier, DDS

Dr. Tom Paumier is a cum laude graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry class of 1987 and completed a GPR at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio. He has been in private practice in Canton, Ohio since 1988. He is on the faculty of the Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital GPR in Canton and is a Fellow in the International and American College of Dentists. He was a member of the ADA and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons expert panels who wrote the Clinical Practice Guidelines and Appropriate Use Criteria for Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Prosthetic Joint Patients. He also was a co-author of the ADA Clinical Practice Guideline for Appropriate Antibiotic Use for Odontogenic Infections and was the 2019 recipient of the ADA Evidence Based Dentistry Clinical Practice Award. He was one of 6 dentists appointed to the ADA Dental Practice Recovery Task Force during the COVID-19 Pandemic. He regularly lectures to dental residents and students at Case School of Dental Medicine and NYU Langone Medical Center. He is vice-chair of the Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital Board and Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Mercy Development Foundation. He is a past president of the Ohio Dental Association and the Stark County Dental Society.

DISCLOSURE OF SPEAKER AND FACULTY COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: According to Dental CE Academy's  Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Policy, faculty and speakers for any course are expected to disclose any economic support, personal interests, or potential bias that may be perceived as creating a conflict related to the material being presented. Disclosure statements are printed in each course description and announced by moderators or individual speakers at the beginning of each presentation. This policy is intended to alert the audience to any potential bias or conflict so that participants may form their own judgments about the material being presented.


DENTAL CE ACADEMY DISCLAIMER: The views expressed and opinions and materials presented during these live and recorded presentations represent the personal views and opinions of the individual speaker and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Dental CE Academy or its parent company, Virtual Dontics®. Dental CE Academy assumes no responsibility for the content of the presentations made by the individual speakers. Any suggested protocols for treatment, materials, or services may be based upon the speaker's own clinical experience and should not be construed as Dental CE Academy recommended or endorsed. Selected presentations may include exploratory research or experimental procedures and are intended for informational purposes that may lead to interest and scientific breakthroughs in the fields of dentistry.    Dental CE Academy appreciates its educators who share their knowledge and expertise. This level of dedication to dentistry allows our profession to expand and thrive and provokes necessary discussion and understanding.

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