Medications and Cavities – Adults over 60

Are you over 60 and finding that you’re suddenly getting cavities when you haven’t had them in years? As we get older, many people start experiencing cavity prone years again. One common cause of cavities in older adults is dry mouth. Dry mouth is not a normal part of aging. It’s a side-effect of many medications, including those prescribed for allergies or asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pain, anxiety or depression, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

According to the American Dental Association here are some recommendations for relief from dry mouth:

  • Use over-the-counter oral moisturizers, such as a spray or mouthwash.
  • Consult with your physician on whether to change the medication or dosage.
  • Drink more water. Carry a water bottle with you, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Your mouth needs constant lubrication.
  • Use sugar-free gum or lozenges to stimulate saliva production.
  • Get a humidifier to help keep moisture in the air.
  • Avoid foods and beverages that irritate dry mouths, like coffee, alcohol, carbonated soft drinks, and acidic fruit juices.
  • Your dentist may apply a fluoride gel or varnish to protect your teeth from cavities.

It’s important to tell Dr. Brogdon about any medications that you’re taking. We can make recommendations to help relieve your dry mouth symptoms and in turn prevent cavities.

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Smile – it’s back to school time

With a new school year beginning many parents think about new clothes, haircuts or books for their kids, but many forget about their child’s smile. Studies show that one of the first things people notice about you is your smile, and what better way to increase your child’s positive self esteem, than by making sure they have a great smile.

According to knowyourteeth.com:

Seeing a dentist twice a year during the school-age years is vital because this is a time of great change in the mouth, with kids losing baby teeth and getting in their permanent teeth. Tooth decay is still the most common chronic childhood disease and, left untreated, it can impair a child’s ability to eat, speak, sleep and learn. However, studies show more than 60 percent of school-age children do not see a dentist annually.

Start now establishing good dental habits by teaching your children to brush at least twice a day. And don’t forget to floss.  Also make sure you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride and a soft-bristled toothbrush. The sooner you make these habits a priority, the sooner your child will benefit.

Contact our office – Brogdon Dental at 423-870-5698 – to set up your child’a appointment.