Second Round Of Cavity Prone Years

5/3/2018

You may wonder why you're suddenly getting cavities when you haven't had them in years. As we get older, we enter a second round of cavity prone years.

One common cause of cavities in older adults is dry mouth. Dry mouth is not a normal part of aging. However, it is a side-effect in more than 500 medications, including those for allergies or asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pain, anxiety or depression, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. This is just one reason why it's so important to tell your dentist about any medications that you're taking. Your dentist can make recommendations to help relieve your dry mouth symptoms and prevent cavities.*

*American Dental Association