I was given a single dose of (I think) amoxicillin before teeth surgery to prevent infection. Appartently this is a common and accepted practice.

Doesn't this promote the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria?

I was taught that patients terminating their antibiotics treatment prematurely is the leading cause for development of resistant strains. And treatments don't get much shorter than single dosage.

But I also vaguely remember reading that current medical opinion is shifting away from this theory. Is this disproved now?

  • Except you're not treating an infection with a single shot of antibiotics Apr 16, 2018 at 2:41
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    Antibiotic prophylaxis is indicated under a few circumstances, but not that many.
    – DoctorWhom
    Apr 16, 2018 at 8:31