Dr Zara Rizwan, Dr Musab Azhar, Dr Kaynat Siddique
Introduction: Antibiotic resistance (AR) has become one of the most serious global issues of concern for health development today, threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases. Objectives: The main objective of the study is to analyse the knowledge, attitude and practice of dentists prescribing antibiotics in periodontal diseases. Material and methods: This cross sectional study was conducted in de'Montmorency College of Dentistry, Lahore during September 2019 to March 2020. A self-completed questionnaire containing both closed and open ended questions was developed. Results: Ninety-four (67.1%) of the respondents had attended OPD of the hospital on antibiotic use in the last one year, 8.6% at least once in the last two years, and 7.1% in the last five years while 4.3% reported not having had any since commencement of dental practice. House officers and the female respondents were significantly more influenced by the patients into prescribing antibiotics than their respective counterparts. Conclusion: It is concluded that scientific basis for prescribing antibiotics for aggressive periodontitis was not respected by the majority of the participants.