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Can Certain Medications Cause Tooth Decay
Dry mouth, soda: Methamphetamine causes dry mouth aka xerostomia. The saliva natural cleanses the teeth and buffers acidic plaque. Plaque acids are what eat away at enamel and causes tooth decay. Meth addicts with dry mouth tend to moisten their mouths with inexpensive sugary sodas which makes the problem even worse. Also meth addicts are largely consumed with getting more meth rather than oral hygiene. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can psychotropic medications like buspirone, quetiapine, lamtical and cymbalta (duloxetine) cause tooth decay/ loose?
Indirectly, yes.: The medications you're taking can cause dry mouth, which can in turn result in higher tooth decay and gum disease among other things. This is a good time to connect with your dentist about your medical care & medications; determine if extra steps need to be taken to manage challenges before they become problems. Be well :-). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bacteria: Tooth decay is caused by bacteria living in your mouth. The bacteria use carbohydrates (sugars) to produce acids which breakdown the surface of the tooth. This breakdown is tooth decay. Keep in mind, it is not how much sweet things you eat but how often you eat them that affect tooth decay. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Absolutely: There are a whole host of medical problems that can arise from allowing dental issues to go untreated. Everything from an increased risk of heart disease, difficulty controlling blood sugar levels, and of course the possibility of infection. Don't let dental problems go untreated! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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