Did you know that blood pressure medication is one of the most common prescriptions in North America today? Did you know these medications can cause dry mouth and tooth decay?
Take a look at just a few of the drugs available:
Lisinopril, amlodipine, losartan, nebivolol, bystolic, metoprolol, olmesartan, hydrochlorothiazide, Benicar, atenolol, valsartan, norvask, diovan, clonidine, amlodipine, azor, cozaar, carvedilol, irbesartan, Lisinopril, Ramipril, exforge, benazepril
And that is just some – drug manufacturers make many different types of each of these!
One primary way blood pressure medication can work is by decreasing the amount of fluid in our bodies. Sadly, the drugs also decrease the precious saliva that constantly bathes our teeth. Without the protection saliva provides, decay-causing bacteria is free to wreak havoc on our teeth.
Sadly, the dental consequences are often overlooked and patients aren’t cautioned. Even the listed “most common side-effects” of these drugs (here) rarely mention dry mouth or tooth decay.
Here is a common example of what we see when the decay starts
If left untreated, the decay can quickly spread
While many problems like these in teeth can be treated (see here), how do we avoid it?
What to do about it?
Clearly medication is beneficial to keeping us healthy and our blood pressure under control, Just be sure you know the side effects and how they can impact your oral health.
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