November 17, 2023 – Ottawa, ON: In recognition of World Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness Week on November 18-24, the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) is proud to join this global campaign to improve awareness and understanding of AMR. As in 2022, this year’s theme will remain “Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together,” emphasizing the collective effort required to combat this global health challenge. As the national voice for dentistry, CDA is dedicated to raising awareness and promoting responsible antimicrobial use within the dental community and beyond.

“As dental professionals, we have a crucial role to play in reducing antimicrobial resistance and stopping the emergence of drug-resistant infections,” says CDA President Dr. Heather Carr. “World AMR Awareness Week is a reminder that together, we can help safeguard public health – today and for future generations.”

As the effectiveness of antimicrobial agents diminishes, so does the ability to treat common infections. The World Health Organization estimates that in 2019 alone, resistant bacteria directly caused 1.27 million deaths worldwide and contributed to more than 5 million deaths overall.

“Antibiotics save and improve lives, and that is why we need to ensure their continued efficacy and continue having meaningful conversations as professionals and with our patients,” adds Dr. Carr. “Recognizing the need for action and the vital role dentists play in antimicrobial stewardship, CDA has developed guidelines that support the appropriate use of antimicrobials by avoiding unnecessary prescriptions.”

Dentists frequently remind patients about the potential risks of overuse and the importance of completing full, prescribed courses of antibiotics. CDA also encourages Canadians to learn more about antimicrobial resistance and how they can be part of the AMR solution.

“Not all bugs need drugs. By working together, we can develop effective strategies to prevent and control antimicrobial resistance,” says Dr. Aaron Burry, CDA CEO. “AMR is a risk to all of us and we all have a role to play in preventing it.”

Launching on November 18, CDA will conduct a social media awareness campaign to underscore the importance of preventing AMR and provide helpful information for dental professionals and patients. By collaborating with dental professionals, policymakers, and the public, we hope to foster a culture of responsible antimicrobial use and ensure a healthier future for all.

Quick Tips:

  • Take your medications exactly as prescribed.
  • Talk to your dentist, pharmacist, or other health care provider if you have any questions about your medications.
  • Follow CDA’s five steps to maintain good oral and overall health.
  • Never share your antibiotics or other medications with others.
  • Never use antibiotics prescribed for someone else.
  • Not all bugs need drugs. Never demand antibiotics when your dentist or health care provider say you don’t need them.

About the Canadian Dental Association
The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) is the national voice for dentistry dedicated to the promotion of optimal oral health, an essential component of general health, and to the advancement and leadership of a unified profession. CDA, a non-regulatory authority, is a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization whose corporate members are Canada's provincial and territorial dental associations (PTDAs). CDA represents over 21,000 practicing dentists from coast to coast to coast.

Media Contact:
Jeff D’Andrea
Media Relations Specialist
Canadian Dental Association