Nobody ever said that taking care of your teeth is easy. In fact, you know what can also be a bit difficult? Taking care of the rest of your body.
Just like some people have some trouble taking great care of your teeth – an almost endless list of circumstances can make it just as tough to take care of the rest of our bodies. For that reason, we have medicine to help us along the way.
While some medicine is more mundane than others – the fact still stands that every kind of medicine interacts with other systems, chemicals, hormones and other and substances in your body to produce some sort of result. In a lot of cases, if the positive result is better than the minor unintended consequences (otherwise known as side effects) treatment is usually considered a success.
However, it should be noted that some side effects can influence your mouth. This is why dentists need to know about your medication history. Because while most side effects aren’t incredibly dangerous by themselves – they need to be kept track of to ensure you can properly prevent any problems in the future.
One of the most common medication side effects that impact your teeth is dry mouth.
If you take anything from today’s post. Let it be this: many medications can cause dry mouth. Unfortunately, while those medications can help you get better or feel better – they won’t help your mouth. This is because a decreased flow of saliva means that your mouth has a harder time ridding itself of debris and bacteria – especially after you eat.
The most common kinds of medicine that cause dry mouth include:
- Medications for parkinsons
- Blood pressure medication
- Pain meds
- Cancer medication
- and others…
Fortunately, dry mouth is actually pretty easy to combat. If it’s severe though – you might consider asking your doctor about any suitable alternatives. If that’s not possible, try some of the following:
- Drink water while you eat – it will make swallowing and chewing easier.
- Sip on any kind of sugar-free drink throughout the day, it will help prevent cavities and keep your mouth clean
- Avoid food that’s spicy or salty – if your mouth is dry, salty or spicy foods can irritate it.
- Skip caffeinated drinks, alcohol, and tobacco if you can – since they contribute to dryness. At the very least – be aware of what they do to your mouth.
- Try using a humidifier at night.
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