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Posted on 03/19/2013 · Posted in Information

Many Prescription Drugs Do Damage to Your Teeth

Prescription drugs are medications only available with a written request by your doctor prescribed to either cure, treat or prevent a disease.  There are thousands of different kinds, and it’s estimated that Americans spent over $300 billion on them in 2011 alone.  They were all created to be helpful in some way, but we bet you didn’t know that more than 600 medications cause dry mouth, which reduces saliva flow and, as a result, leaves millions of people taking these medications at increased risk for cavities!

Why Saliva Is So Important

Dry mouth is something that doesn’t seem to be more than slightly annoying, but most people don’t realize that it can affect both your enjoyment of food and the health of your teeth.  Saliva is important as it is what washes away food particles and limits bacterial growth.  It also enhances your ability to taste and makes it easier to swallow.

What Prescription Drugs Will Damage Your Teeth?

The list is ever changing and too long to post on our site, but among the more likely types to cause problems are some of the drugs used to treat depression and anxiety, antihistamines, decongestants, high blood pressure medications, anti-diarrheals and muscle relaxants.

Do I Need to Stop Taking My Prescription if it Causes Tooth Damage?

If your doctor thinks a medication you are taking is the cause of your dry mouth, they may simply switch it to a different one or adjust your dosage.  There are also a few prescription drugs that can help, the most common being pilocarpine (Salagen) or cevimeline (Evoxac), both of which stimulate saliva flow.

For the most recent list of medications that cause dry mouth, visit https://carifree.com/media/wysiwyg/Dry_Mouth_Medications.pdf

If you’re experiencing dry mouth please contact our offices to make an appointment or request an appointment online.