DON’T routinely PRESCRIBE antibiotic in patients undergoing dental extractions

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In case of low-complexity tooth extractions and in absence of infectious risk conditions, antibiotics should not be indiscriminately prescribed. However, it is recommended to adopt local antiseptic measures (antiseptics mouthwashes, sprays or gels) before and after the dental procedure. Good practice: to prescribe antibiotics considering appropriate formulation, dosage and duration of therapy only in cases of HIGHER COMPLEXITY dental procedures.


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