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Caries or cavities due to antibiotics

  1. Cares are holes in the teeth. They often arise from the use of sweet products such as sweets and sweet drinks. Sometimes caries arises from the action of acids, for example carbonated soft drinks. In this case we often speak of erosion of the tooth enamel. In a number of cases, drugs are the culprit. Antibiotics are also known to cause caries. The sweet drink causes a quick shape. Antibiotics from the group of the tetracyclines cause discoloration of teeth and molars. This can occur in the unborn child during pregnancy as well as in the young child.

What is dental caries?

  1. Another name for caries are cavities. And by that we mean cavities in teeth or molars. Cavities are caused by bacteria. They don't just arise, they are preceded by a process.

Cavities are caused by snacking, right?

  1. It is true that caries is usually caused by snacking. Confectionery, but also sweet drinks, contains a lot of sugar. This is converted into acid by the bacteria. But other products also affect tooth enamel. Mainly carbonated and acidic products contribute to the formation of cavities. When holes form as a result of acids, we do not speak of caries but of erosion. The tooth enamel is broken down by the action of harmful acids (think carbonated soft drinks).

Medicines are also responsible for caries

  1. Something that many people do not consider: but also the use of medication can cause caries. Medicines can contain acids or sugars. In addition, some medicines cause belching (burping) with rising stomach acid, or vomiting. This also affects the tooth enamel. In addition, some medications cause dry mouth. Less saliva also means less protection against harmful bacteria.

Teeth and molars discolouration

  1. Some types of antibiotics can cause discolouration of teeth and molars. Pregnant women on antibiotics sometimes have children who develop discolored primary teeth. Children up to the age of 13 years can get discoloration of the milk teeth when using antibiotics. This mainly concerns the following types of antibiotics:

Sweet syrup

  1. Children and sometimes adults too are often given antibiotics in the form of a sweet syrup. This sweetness can cause dental caries. This problem is experienced with both milk teeth and permanent (adult) teeth. The sweet syrup mainly ensures a rapid formation of caries, not as we are used to with normal 'sweets'. To prevent this rapid form of caries from developing, you should always choose an antibiotic that is sugar-free as much as possible. These shapes are not harmful to the teeth.

At a later stage

  1. The use of antibiotics at a young age has no adverse consequences for the teeth at a later stage, as far as can be assessed. Anyone who was regularly given antibiotics at the age of one, for example, will really not suddenly develop caries at the age of thirteen as a result. When caries does develop at this age, this has more to do with poor dental care and incorrect sweets / drinking behavior. Cleaning behavior after eating or drinking can also be of influence. For example, it is known that eating fruit or drinking acidic drinks in combination with brushing your teeth actually causes a faster breakdown of the tooth enamel. Toothpaste and brushing too hard will temporarily weaken the enamel. Therefore, you should wait at least half an hour after eating or drinking these 'acids' before brushing your teeth.

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