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Surgical Mini-Lectures and Clinics

Saturday, September 17, 2011
1:00PM - 3:00PM


(C) 203A-B


Microbiology and Antibiotic Therapy of Oral and Maxillofacial Infections

Thomas R Flynn, DMD
Associate Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Boston, MA


An update and review of significant pathogens, antibiotic resistance, and new and familiar antibiotics. Best practices for antibiotic therapy are identified, including culturing, empiric antibiotics for head and neck infections, minimizing antibiotic resistance, and highly resistant organisms. Important issues in the pharmacology of antibiotics and antibiotics in development are discussed.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the changing microbiology of odontogenic infections according to our current understanding, and identify antibiotic resistant pathogens when they arise
  2. Identify cases in which culture and sensitivity testing is indicated and use culture harvesting techniques that are least likely to result in contaminated samples.
  3. Compare the costs, toxicities, and drug interactions of currently available antibiotics that are appropriate for head and neck infections.

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