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Can medications lead to tooth decay?

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Sugar is an added ingredient in many types of drug products, from vitamins and cough drops to antacids and syrup-based medications. Long-term use of these medications can lead to tooth decay.

Rinse your mouth out after using such products, or ask your doctor or pharmacist if there is a sugar-free alternative.

From: Oral Side Effects of Medications WebMD Medical Reference

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American Heart Association: "Possible Side Effects of Drugs That Lower Blood Pressure." 

Cancer Research UK: "Types and Causes of Mouth Problems."

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Cancer Research UK: "Types and Causes of Mouth Problems." 

Academy Of General Dentistry: "Treatments For Depression Have Dental Side Effects."

Journal of the American Dental Association , June 2005.

Rees, T.D. 2000, October1998. Periodontology

Heidelbaugh, J. , 1st ed. Philadelphia, Elsevier, 2007. Clinical Men's Health: Evidence in Practice

Duthie, E.H. , 4th ed. Philadelphia, Elsevier, 2007. Practice of Geriatrics

Walsh, D. , 1st ed. Philadelphia, Saunders, 2008. Palliative Medicine

MedlinePlus: "Mouth sores."

Ciancio, S. , vol 135. Journal of the American Dental Association

Nelson, R. . August 2006. Archives of Dermatology

American Pregnancy Association: "Acne treatment during pregnancy."

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National Institutes of Health: "Taste Disorders."

Padala, K.P. 2006. Primary Care Companion Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Possible Side Effects of Drugs That Lower Blood Pressure." 

Cancer Research UK: "Types and Causes of Mouth Problems."

American Academy of Periodontology: "How to Keep a Healthy Smile for Life."

Cancer Research UK: "Types and Causes of Mouth Problems." 

Academy Of General Dentistry: "Treatments For Depression Have Dental Side Effects."

Journal of the American Dental Association , June 2005.

Rees, T.D. 2000, October1998. Periodontology

Heidelbaugh, J. , 1st ed. Philadelphia, Elsevier, 2007. Clinical Men's Health: Evidence in Practice

Duthie, E.H. , 4th ed. Philadelphia, Elsevier, 2007. Practice of Geriatrics

Walsh, D. , 1st ed. Philadelphia, Saunders, 2008. Palliative Medicine

MedlinePlus: "Mouth sores."

Ciancio, S. , vol 135. Journal of the American Dental Association

Nelson, R. . August 2006. Archives of Dermatology

American Pregnancy Association: "Acne treatment during pregnancy."

MedlinePlus: "Tetracycline."

National Institutes of Health: "Taste Disorders."

Padala, K.P. 2006. Primary Care Companion Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

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