These Pills are Making Me Thirsty: Delta Dental Offers Tips for Dry Mouths
Many prescription drugs can have oral health side-effects
OAK BROOK, Ill (October 13, 2010) - October is Talk About Prescriptions Month, and Delta Dental is reminding people to talk about their prescriptions with their dentists. If you are currently taking blood pressure medications, antidepressants, pain relievers or drugs to treat urinary incontinence there is a chance you could also be experiencing a dry mouth. More than an annoying side-effect, a decrease in healthy saliva flow can actually increase risks of oral disease.1
So, what should a person do if their prescribed medicine is depriving them of spit? When dry mouth cannot be avoided, people should drink plenty of water, chew sugar-free gum and avoid tobacco and alcohol. Regardless, it's always a good idea for patients to talk to their dentists about any medications they are taking.
Delta Dental Plans Association, based in Oak Brook, Ill, is a national network of independent not-for-profit dental service corporations specializing in providing dental benefits programs to 54 million Americans in more than 93,000 groups throughout the country.
1"Oral Health for Older Americans." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Oral Health, November 21, 2006. www.cdc.gov/OralHealth/publications/factsheets/adult_older.htm.