The Link Between Medications & Cavities

You may wonder why you’re suddenly getting cavities when you haven’t had them in years. As we get older, we enter a second round of cavity prone years. One common cause of cavities in older adults is dry mouth. 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. This is just one reason why it’s so important to tell your dentist about any medications that you’re taking. Your dentist can make recommendations to help relieve your dry mouth symptoms and prevent cavities. Here are some recommendations:
• Use over the counter oral moisturizers
• Drink more water
• Avoid foods and beverages that irritate dry mouths and
• Consider a fluoride gel or varnish to protect your teeth from cavities.
If you have any questions about your medications and your dental care, consult your dentist.

 

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