Does any side effect from my medications cause tooth decay?
- 1 May 2014 by Greg N Kirby
- 5 July 2017
- side effect, medication, tooth decay, tooth
Added 2 May 2014:
Metformin 750 ER the Celebrex I no longer take. And I want to say Thank You So Much for your help. My Dentist really upset me by accusing me of not brushing or flossing my teeth. I have way too much money invested in my mouth to ignore my teeth. Not sure how I'm going to do this but the estimate for repairing my teeth is $35,000.00 and I have already invested close to $25K. My Dental Insurance Plan allows $2K per year. Any advice?
You didn't tell us what medicine but I can tell you if you're on something that dries your mouth, it can destroy your teeth.
You are on a lot of medications that can dry your mouth, especially cyclobenzeprine and Allegra. Why are you on 3 different muscle relaxants? Baclofen, Tizanidine and cyclobenzeprine are all muscle relaxants and do the same thing. You shouldn't be taking all three of them together. Taking Alprazolam with an opioid (hydrocodone/APAP) and all those muscle relaxants is dangerous too. Then throwing Adderall, a stimulant on top of it all. Do you get all this from one Dr? If no, does all the Drs you go to know what the others have you on?
Okay, medications can cause dry mouth, which leads ultimately to tooth decay. How do I know? The dentist recently told me. He told me to use Biotene PBF Oral Rinse--Amazon sells it. There is also a product that I now use to remineralize and save my teeth. It's called GC MI Paste Plus (with Fluoride) Amazon sells it, but as of last night is currently unavailable. If u can't find it, a dentist will have it for sell. I'm going to purchase an "Interdental Brush" as well (Brand Tepe, tepeusa.com)--to use with the paste as recommended by the dentist. In addition to all this, there is a water/clorax bleach home treatment that I plan on doing that prevents tooth decay. I just need to get the directions on this from the dentist. One more thing, acidic saliva also leads to tooth decay; for this I add baking soda to the water I drink as recommended by the dental hygienist.
First of all, get a new freaking dentist!!! A quote for 35K is just ridiculous... I cannot imagine what he coukd possibly do to justify that cost! New dentures would cost a third of that... 35k is enough for something like 40 root canals... which is one of the most expensive procedures. Go to a new dentist and a gaurantee he will not quote you 35K for ANY amount if dental work.
Anyway, easiest soluion to dry mouth related tooth/gum disease is to simply chew gum... Sugarless is obviously preferred, but even sugared is okay provided you drink some wateer initially to wash away the initial sugar blast AND continue to chew when the flavor is gone (for as long as possible). Chewing gum does increase stomach acid, so long term chewing can make you nausious, so you probably will have to take breaks, especially initially.
Drinking water OFTEN keeps your gums moist (not alot of water, but a little water as often as possible). Same basic idea as chewing gums..keep your teeth moist. If you drink sugared drinks (even coffee) then follw up with water (or chew gum).
... and did I mention? GET A NEW DENTIST.
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