If you’re over 60 and getting cavities, even though you haven’t had them for years, it could be that medication is a contributing factor.
There are more than 500 medications that have dry mouth as a side effect. Medication for anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, allergies, asthma, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease—all have dry mouth as a side effect.
Normally, the properties in saliva neutralize acid and fight bacteria in your mouth. When your mouth is dry, it’s more difficult to fight bacteria. Bacteria can lead to tooth decay, loose teeth, or completely losing some of your teeth.
What can you do about it? Sip on water to keep moisture in your mouth, chewing gum increases saliva production. If you chew gum with sugar in it, be sure to chew it after the sugary taste is gone.
Let your dentist know if you are taking medication that promotes dry mouth. He or she will closely monitor your teeth and gums. Fluoride rinse may be recommended or fluoride toothpaste may be prescribed.
Avoid gum disease and treatment for tooth replacement by taking the necessary precautions.
This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.