You haven’t had cavities for years, your diet is pretty low in sugar and you brush your teeth as much as it is recommended by dentists… but you still have cavities! Wondering what’s going on there? Your answer could be in the link between medication and cavities. Surprised? Keep reading to understand more about it.
As we get older, we enter a second round of cavity prone years. One common cause of cavities in older adults is dry mouth, which is a normal part of aging. But dry mouth is also a side effect in medications like the ones for allergies, asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pain, anxiety, depression, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. That’s one of the reasons why is so important to tell your dentist about the medications you are taking.
Take note of some common recommendations to prevent cavities when you are taking medication, according to MouthHealthy.org:
• 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.
Visiting your dentist regularly is also very effective in order to prevent cavities. Contact us to schedule an appointment!