Dry mouth could potentially lead to severe tooth decay, mouth sores and oral infections. These issues are most likely to occur in the elderly, and this demographic is also the most likely to be taking one or several different medications on an ongoing basis, creating a real and often overlooked threat.
More than 90% of adults over the age of 65 take at least one prescription medication daily, and nearly half of Americans of all ages do so. Further, there are more than 500 medications, which may have dry mouth as a side effect. This includes a wide range of different types and classifications of medicines, including antihistamines, antihypertensive medication, pain medications, antidepressants, diuretics, decongestants, and more.
With so many medications, and such a large portion of the population utilizing them, dry mouth and the oral health problems it may cause is a serious concern. The problems stem from the fact that regular saliva production is an essential factor in keeping teeth strong and resistant to decay.
According to the American Dental Association, at least 25 million Americans have inadequate salivary production or composition, and a potentially large portion of these individuals could be experiencing this problem due to medication they are taking.
Regular adult saliva production is approximately 1.5 liters per day, far more than most people would ever consider. This saliva is essential for the oral health reasons noted above, as well as the ability to digest food, aiding in talking and swallowing, and more. Chronic dry mouth is also a leading cause of bad breath, cracked lips, and general discomfort and reduced quality of life.
Be sure to stay informed on all medications being utilized, and what side effects they may cause. For more information, or to learn about potential solutions, call Parmar Dentistry at 410.531.5639 or visit ParmarDMD.com.
About Parmar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Parmar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is a trusted dental care provider located in Clarksville, Maryland. As a trusted Clarksville dentist, they provide their clients with a number of services, including cosmetic dentistry, implants, periodontal therapy, sedation dentistry and much more, including the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. The practice utilizes the latest technologies and treatments to provide the utmost in effective and safe treatment and prevention. Visit ParmarDMD.com for more information on their Clarksville, Maryland dental practice, or call them directly at 410.531.5639.