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Diet Pills Can Damage Your Teeth – Here's How

Posted on 6/20/2019 by Brandon Cooley
Diet Pills Can Damage Your Teeth – Here's HowThere comes a time in all of our lives when we'd like to lose a couple of pounds. Perhaps you have a high school reunion coming up or you want to slim down for your wedding. Regardless of the reason, if you choose to use diet pills for assistance, you need to be careful. These pills can cause many side effects within your body, some of which may involve your teeth.

Diet Pills Lead to Dry Mouth

Similar to other prescription and over-the-counter medications, diet pills can lead to dry mouth. This occurs by decreasing salivary flow and production. The saliva is important in keeping your mouth healthy, as adequate saliva is needed to rinse away bacteria, plaque, and food debris from the teeth. The saliva also contains cavity-fighting chemicals, boosting your body's defense against decay. Without proper saliva levels, your teeth could erode, leading to decay and possible tooth loss down the road.

Protect Your Oral Health from Dry Mouth

If you discuss the option of diet pills with your doctor and he or she recommends them, follow up with the treatment, but take steps to protect your oral health. Rinse your mouth out with water frequently, stay hydrated, and consider chewing sugar free gum in order to stimulate the production of saliva.

Stop smoking and using other tobacco products, and limit your caffeine intake, as all of these substances can dry out the mouth. Additionally, you should avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol, as they can be drying, and consider buying a special mouth rinse at your local pharmacy.

When it comes to taking diet pills, you need to weigh the pros and cons before you go this direction. Be sure to consider how these medications might affect your mouth as well as the rest of your body. Contact us today to learn more.

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