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If you take freq antibiotics, does that kill dental bacteria and stop cavities?
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Dr. James Beck
Dentistry
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In brief: No
Taking antibiotics long term is not good for you.
Antibiotics will reduce the numbers of "good" bacteria in your body as well as the bad. Why are you taking frequent antibiotics? Antibiotics will not kill plaque bacteria streptococcus mutans in your mouth. The only way to stop dental decay is through frequent brushing and flossing and seeing the dentist at least every 6 months.

In brief: No
Taking antibiotics long term is not good for you.
Antibiotics will reduce the numbers of "good" bacteria in your body as well as the bad. Why are you taking frequent antibiotics? Antibiotics will not kill plaque bacteria streptococcus mutans in your mouth. The only way to stop dental decay is through frequent brushing and flossing and seeing the dentist at least every 6 months.
Dr. James Beck
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Dr. Martin Raff
Antibiotics, as Dr. Beck indicates, can be potentially dangerous and should only be taken for very specific medical necessities. You might add a good antibacteria mouthwash to your brushing and flossing and limit your sugar intake.
Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: No
These bacteria are part of the normal bacterial population in the mouth.
Regular brushing, use of bactericidal mouthwash, regular dental inspections will help, but taking antibiotics carries a high risk of multiple other complications without being likely to affect the rate of cavity formation.

In brief: No
These bacteria are part of the normal bacterial population in the mouth.
Regular brushing, use of bactericidal mouthwash, regular dental inspections will help, but taking antibiotics carries a high risk of multiple other complications without being likely to affect the rate of cavity formation.
Dr. Martin Raff
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