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Your Teeth and Drug Use

Your Teeth and Drug Use

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Some drugs reduce the flow of saliva and cause a condition called ‘dry mouth’. Dry mouth significantly increases the risk of tooth decay. This is because saliva: reduces the population of bacteria in the mouth neutralises decay-causing mouth acids contains substances crucial to the ongoing process of re-mineralisation, which is the repair of tooth enamel (the hard surface layer that protects the tooth) that has been damaged by acids has a washing effect preventing stagnation of food particles. Talk to your dentist about whether any drugs you are taking could be causing dry mouth. Drugs can affect teeth and gums The regular use of drugs can cause significant tooth damage. Drugs that carry a high risk to your oral health include: alcohol – regular intake of alcoho