Your medicine may damage your smile. Beyond helping you treat a problem, your medicine could also be wreaking havoc on your oral health.
One of the common side effects listed on both prescription and over-the-counter medicine is dry mouth. In fact, more than 500 medications can cause dry mouth, according to the American Dental Association, including those taken for allergies, asthma, anxiety and depression.
Dry mouth can be more than uncomfortable. It can increase your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and mouth infection. That's because saliva is your body's best defense against these issues. To temporarily relieve dryness, try drinking more water and chewing sugar-free gum.