Probiotics ?

After a dental surgery-required course of antibiotics within weeks I was unable to properly digest anything. Everything I ate made me gassy and I was unable to have a normal bowel movement.

Firt off, do not injest cipro (if they won't give you another option, find another dentist)

Amoxicillin is the standard for prevention of infection after dental surgery and still will cause healthy gut bacteria die off.

I was told by the dentist who forced me to agree to a pre and post course of antibiotics that antibiotics are the standard treatment. He would not perform the surgery unless I accepted a shot prior to the surgery and agreed to a 7 day course of antibiotics after. The research and evidence appear to say something other about this long accepted protocol: " The results unequivocally point towards the use of antibiotics following extractions as meaningless."

Initially got relief from taking

Dr.Ohhira's Probiotics Original Formula 2- 3 times a day for 2 weeks until the symptoms completely subsided.

Because Ohhira's was pricey I switched over to Culturelle (Costco) which did not seem to do anything and the symptoms began to come back.

Then switched to "Nature's Bounty Ultra Strength Probiotic 10" (Costco 27.00) and again felt relief from all symptoms. It's been 4 years and due to a life time of over consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates, to maintain healthy gut flora I continue one a day of the "Nature's Bounty Ultra Strength Probiotic 10 ".

During the original bout I also abstained (currently doing so for other health reasons) from all sugars including fruit, fruit juice, honey, etc. and refined carbs; breads cereals etc. At the time I was also advised of vegetables, only to only eat them cooked as raw might contain microbes that my gut couldn't fight.

Why doctors recommend VSL#3?

VSL#3 is well researched and has a proven track record. Seems like a great fit for those with crohn's or other chronic or life threatening GI issues,...and compared with other probiotic formulas VSL#3 contains extreme levels of bacteria with a potential of complicating matters by causing cramps - stomach upset.

Additional Reading

Shortest to the point of why and what of probiotics.

Counterpoint information to daily supplementation of probiotics and excellent basics of the guts bionome


Alter Nathan Bader