As adults grow older, they can become more prone to cavities than they were even just a few years prior. Why is this? It might be a side effect of medications that you’ve been prescribed. Your medication’s side effects might lead to cavities. Cavities can be caused because of dry mouth, which is a side effect of many medications, such as those for pain, depression, cholesterol, high blood pressure, and many others. There are ways to avoid dry mouth and, thusly, avoid developing cavities at a later age.

Live Healthy, Smile Happily

You should speak your dentist about ways to deal with your dry mouth. Your dentist may recommend helpful options such as:

  • Keep water with you at all times and drink any time your notice your mouth getting dry. Invest in a water bottle that you can carry with you.
  • Stimulate your mouth’s saliva production by chewing sugar free gum.
  • Consult with your doctor about changing your prescribed medication or dosage.
  • Don’t ingest food and drinks that can dehydrate you such as soda, alcohol, and coffee.
  • Ask your dentist to apply a topical fluoride gel to help protect your teeth from decay. This fluoride treatment helps strengthen your enamel, the protective layer that surrounds your teeth and combats cavity-causing plaque and tartar.

Besides combating dry mouth and cavities, you should continue to schedule regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist. These visits can allow you and your dentist to catch cavities, infections, and gum disease before they become more of a nuisance.

Better Living Through Dentistry

Our dentists can provide you with implant, cosmetic, and restorative treatments to help you have the best smile possible. Contact us at our local Austin, TX office at 512-250-9444.

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