Has anyone's oral health gone dowhill since using opiates?
- 23 Dec 2011 by lady from T.O.
- 24 Dec 2011
- pain, opiate
I am not sure if my opiate use-pain meds, has anything to do with my present oral health situation. It is the worst it has been in, ever!
I have been gettng a lot more cavities, and overall, it is worse.
I used to chew my Percocet pain meds, and was wondering if there is anyone else who this or something like has happened to them.
I have taken pain pills for more years than I'd like to think about. 25 years continually & off & on for 20 years before that, & haven't had any teeth problems. Infact haven't had a cavity since I was a kid, but I haven't ever chewed them either Didn't they taste nasty? I think you should ask your dentist about it tho'. Have a Merry Christmas girl in case I don't talk to you before hand. Maybe someone else will have a better answer for you...
This is second hand but my friend says the same thing about teeth probs. & opiates? Google it.
It's my opinion that long term opiates, especialy if mixed with other meds can bother teeth. They use ots of acids to produce them. Look at how they just realized that sucking on lemons and oranges can remove the enamel on teeth. I added salt to mine-and it didn't bother me or my kids teeth. But long-term opiates mixed with other stuff that the VA tries out did a job on my son's mouth.
There are certain medications which indicate that the side affects include oral problems... I do NOT think that chewing the percs had anything to do with that. I know a woman who is on all kinds of narcotic meds and she has 6 teeth left in her whole mouth. Methadone will do that. Your dental health is primarily genetic. So don't be too hard on yourself. However, years of addiction have been known to decay the teeth at a more likely, rapid rate. I hope this has been helpful to you. Good luck and I hope you aren't experiencing any pain.
My dentist said that any drug that dries out the mouth is bad for the teeth because our saliva helps prevent cavities.
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