Dear Dr. Ellie:
Quick question. My dentist just prescribed me some antibiotics for a sinus infection. My daughter is almost weaned, but still gets a bit of milk here and there. I’m wondering if this is going to completely undo any progress I’ve made with her teeth over the last couple of months? I saw you mention antibiotics on your blog somewhere. How does this bring back the strep bacteria? Don’t you have to come into contact with it?
This is a great question, and I don’t have enough information about the transfer of antibiotics through breast milk, but I think it does.
You could ask your dentist or pharmacist they should be able to tell you this.
If anyone takes a course of antibiotics, they will usually wipe out all their mouth bacteria. This would leave you “at risk” for picking up harmful bacteria again…..but not if you keep on xylitol and my regimen and clean your toothbrushes!!
Xylitol nasal sprays are also very good for sinus problems a company called Xlear makes a great nasal spray…just an idea!
So stick closely to xylitol during this time of being “at risk” and it should protect you and your daughter.
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