Is There A Link Between Medications And Cavities?

If you have recently made changes in the medications you are taking and have noticed an increase in cavities, then make sure to make an appointment with our us. A common side effect to many medicines is dry mouth, which also happens to be a common cause of cavities.

The American Dental Association explains that, “Dry mouth is not a normal part of aging. However, it is a side-effect in more than 500 medications, including those for allergies or asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pain, anxiety or depression, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.” 500 medications is a lot and there’s a good chance that something you have been prescribed has this side effect.

Be sure to tell our staff about any medications you may be taking so we can help relieve your dry mouth symptoms and reduce those cavities. The ADA posted some helpful recommendations to reducing dry mouth:

  • Use over-the-counter oral moisturizers, such as a spray or mouthwash.
  • Consult with your physician on whether to change the medication or dosage.
  • Drink more water. Carry a water bottle with you, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Your mouth needs constant lubrication.
  • Use sugar-free gum or lozenges to stimulate saliva production.
  • Get a humidifier to help keep moisture in the air.
  • Avoid foods and beverages that irritate dry mouths, like coffee, alcohol, carbonated soft drinks, and acidic fruit juices.
  • Your dentist may apply a fluoride gel or varnish to protect your teeth from cavities.

If you need a dentist in Melbourne, Florida then make sure to give our staff at Artistic Touch Dentistry a call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maryam Brazdo.