2004-05-06 / Medical

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Dental Health

Gary S. Rafal, D.D.S.

Antibiotics And Yeast Infections

A healthy mouth is host to many bacteria, viruses, and yeasts., which all live harmoniously. Prolong-ed use of antibiotics upsets this balance since antibiotics kill bacteria that feed on organisms that normally control yeasts. This causes the yeasts to multiply and produce a heavy coating on the tongue, palate, the inside of the cheeks, and at the corners of the mouth. These new problems must then be treated by additional medications.

Antibiotics are a boon to mankind, but indiscriminate use can cause serious complications. Administration of an antibiotic for every small infection allows bacteria to develop resistant strains. Then, when the drug is truly needed, the resistant bacteria are not eliminated. Many strains of bacteria have become resistant to penicillin and other antibiotics, seriously limiting our ability to control certain infections. Take your antibiotics discriminately and only when necessary or when prescribed by your dentist or doctor.

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