When it comes to antibiotics, less is more. Countless research has been done studying the effects of antibiotics both short term and long term, and we know that the use of these medications is tremendously useful, even lifesaving at times. But we also know all good things should be used in moderation.
A study done on the effects of the very popular childhood antibiotic Amoxicillin shows that children given the antibiotic between the ages of 3 and 6 months were twice as likely to have some amount of fluorosis on their teeth when the teeth erupted. Fluorosis occurs as a result of being exposed to too much fluoride while the enamel on the surface of teeth is forming. It shows up as white spots or brown stains on the surface of the teeth.
Fluoride plays an important role in the oral health of children, and antibiotics play a crucial role in health care, especially for children. The key is balancing the two to make sure there is just enough of both to help prevent tooth decay and treat illnesses such as ear infections.
Because most public water supplies are now fluoridated, we receive more fluoride than ever before. Most dentists also provide fluoride treatments, especially to children, to help protect teeth from decay. Talk to your dentist about the antibiotics you or your children are taking, in addition to your tap water-drinking habits, and whether that water is fluoridated. This can help you create a fluoride treatment plan that gives you and your children exposure to just the right amount of fluoride to protect teeth without harming the appearance of your enamel.
For more information on the use of antibiotics and how it relates to your oral health, or to schedule an appointment for you or your children with Dr. Norman to discuss your fluoride treatment plan, call us today at 425-320-3423.