As adults grow older, they can become more cavity prone than they were just a few years before. Why is this? It might be a side effect of medications you’re taking. How can medication cause cavities? Cavities can be caused because of dry mouth, which is a side effect of many medications, such as those for high blood pressure, cholesterol, depression, pain, and many others. There are ways to avoid dry mouth and avoiding developing cavities at a later age.

Keep Your Smile Healthy

You should consult with your dentist on ways to alleviate your dry mouth. Your dentist may recommend helpful options such as:

  • Stay hydrated. Keep water with you at all times and drink any time your notice your mouth getting dry.
  • Use sugar free gum to stimulate your mouth to create more saliva.
  • Avoid food and drinks that can dehydrate you such as soda, alcohol, and coffee.
  • Consult with your doctor about changing your prescribed medication or dosage.
  • Your dentist can help protect your teeth from cavities by applying a topical fluoride gel that strengthens 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 checkups and cleanings with your dentist. These regular visits can allow you and your dentist to catch cavities, infections, and gum disease before they get too out of hand. Contact your dentist today and keep your smile as bright and healthy as you are.

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