Did you know that over 1800 drugs, both prescription and over the counter, can cause dry mouth in your patients, including 8 of the 10 most frequently used medications? The list seems to be endless, but includes:
Antacids such as Prilosec and Prevacid
Antianxiety medications such as Xanax and Valium
Antidepressants such as Zoloft and Celexa
Antihistamines such as Claritin, Allegra and Zyrtec
Anti-hypertensives such as Norvasc
Anti-inflammatory agents such as Motrin and Naprosyn (Alleve)
Cholesterol reducing drugs such as Lipitor
Hormone replacement therapy (Premarin)
And the list goes on. Even diarrhea medication such as Immodium AD can cause dry mouth! (Guess it dries out everything!!) It seems that practically every prescription or OTC med has dry mouth as a side effect.
So, as part of your health history, be sure to ask about prescription AND non-prescription drugs. Many patients believe it is not necessary to inform you about over-the-counter medication they may be taking, but that simply isn’t true.
If your patients are taking any of these medications (or any of the over 1800 that list dry mouth as a side effect) it may be a good idea to make in-office fluoride a part of their hygiene visit. Besides protecting your patients’ dental health and saving you some headaches (root caries are a bitch to restore!!), you will also add to your production!
Recently we did an interview with Anastasia Turchetta, RDH, where she gave twenty productive and educational facts for your dental practice such as this one. Many of them had to do with tips for dealing with our aging population along with other things that will help your practice AND bottom line! It was a fantastic eye-opening session, and part of our monthly Madow Brothers Audio Series. Recent interviewees have included Dr. Roger Levin, Dr. Marty Goldstein, Dr. Ross Nash, Dr. Howard Farran, and many more! To check it out and get two CD interviews absolutely free, click here! It’s the best way to get fantastic continuing education without leaving home!