Common Medications that Lead to Cavities

Did you know that many of today’s common drugs can lead to tooth decay? It is true. Side effects brought on by medications can lead to a wide array of oral health issues.

Among those issues is cavities. Some of these side effects that have been linked to oral health issues are:

  • Inflammation of the gums
  • Dry mouth
  • Gum and tooth color changes
  • Abnormal bleeding of the gums
  • Bone loss
  • Enlarged gums
  • Cavities

To date, there are roughly 400 medications of which dry mouth is a side effect. Saliva in the mouth prevents the growth of germs and bacteria. So, when there is not enough saliva in the mouth the teeth and gums become more prone to infection and decay.

The most common types of medications that can lead to cavities include:

  • Cough syrups
  • Antihistamines
  • Antidepressants
  • Decongestants
  • Pain medication
  • Sedatives
  • High blood pressure medication
  • Antacids
  • Parkinson’s Disease medications

How Can You Prevent Cavities from Medication?

There are things that you can do to protect your teeth against decay from medication. It starts with preventing dry mouth. If you are experiencing severe dry mouth, you should talk with your doctor about the side effects and if it is possible to switch you to another medication.

If not, you can talk with him about artificial saliva products, which could help prevent the growth of bacteria. Additionally, you can pass on caffeinated beverages, which contain excessive amounts of sugar.

Instead, up your water intake throughout the day. You should avoid salty and even spicy foods, which may cause pain or discomfort to a dry mouth. Lastly, you can chew on sugar-free gum or suck on sugarless candy in order to promote saliva production.

Just because you have to take medication does not mean you have to put your oral health at risk. Try these simple tips to help negate the side effects of medication and protect your teeth and gums from decay.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your medications and oral health.

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