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Many Common Drugs Promote Tooth Decay

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May 29, 2000
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For teeth constantly on the mend from the effects of acid-producing bacteria that set up housekeeping in our mouths, saliva is a fabulous fluid. Saliva protects and helps repair our teeth from the constant assaults that bacteria and our diet together mount against our tooth enamel. But more than 600 medications cause dry mouth, reducing saliva flow or even turning off the spigot and leaving millions of people at increased risk for tooth decay.

For teeth constantly on the mend from the effects of acid-producing bacteria that set up housekeeping in our mouths, saliva is a fabulous fluid. Saliva protects and helps repair our teeth from the constant assaults that bacteria and our diet together mount against our tooth enamel. But more than 600 medications cause dry mouth, reducing saliva flow or even turning off the spigot and leaving millions of people at increased risk for tooth decay.


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