Dental Infections: Beyond Penicillin VK

Studies have found statistically significant correlations between acute dental infections, complications and death with medically compromising diseases, such as diabetes, renal insufficiency, hepatic cirrhosis, myeloproliferative disorders, and chemotherapy. Delay of diagnosis owing to vagueness of early symptoms in dental abscess is one of the primary reasons for the high risk of mortality. This activity will address the microbiology of common dental infections and best pharmacological treatment based on culture results. 


Target Audience

Dentists, Dental Specialists, Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons, Infectious Disease Physician, Pain Management Specialists, Neurologists, ENT Physicians, Family Medicine Physicians, Pediatricians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and other healthcare practitioners.

Learning Objectives

  • Define and discuss the microbiology of common dental infections. 
  • Distinguish between the myriad oral antibiotics that can be used to treat common dental infections, and interpret culture results. 
  • Determine the best of the various oral antibiotics to prescribe based on culture results.


Additional information

Krayer JW, Leite RS, Kirkwood KL. Non-surgical chemotherapeutic treatment strategies for the management of periodontal diseases. Dent Clin North Am 2010; 54:13

Shweta, S. (2013). Dental abscess: A microbiological review. Dental research journal, 10(5), 585.

Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Dentistry
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Amy Wecker, M.D.
Infectious Disease Physician
Baptist Health Quality Network
Baptist, Homestead, South Miami and West Kendall Baptist Hospitals

Amy Wecker, M.D., indicated that neither she nor her spouse/partner has relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and she will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in her presentations or discussions.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Dentistry
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
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