Background: Antibiotics as one of the major factors of life-expectancy increment, are prescribed for infectious diseases caused by bacteria. However, the world faced the most significant issue of antimicrobial resistance. Several studies have conducted to gauge the level of awareness about antibiotics microbial resistance (AMR). According to the sevral researches, 54% dentists overprescribe antibiotics, and one‐tenth of them believed that antibiotics should be used for the treatment of flu and the common cold.
Objective: The purpose of this study is to measure the knowledge of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance among clinical dental students.
Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted among dental students in Riyadh and the Eastern region using an online survey. A total of 791 students participated in an online questionnaire consisted of demographic information followed by knowledge related questions about antibiotic prescription and bacterial resistance.
Conclusions: Antibiotics are highly used among dental students despite their good knowledge about antibiotics resistance. Female students showed better knowledge of an attitude towards the use of antibiotics as compared to males. 4th-year students showed better knowledge and attitude towards antibiotics resistance. There is a need to improve dental students' attitudes towards the use of antibiotics.