Mental Health And Dental Health

Antidepressants are widely advertised, and all of the commercials list many kinds of possible side effects. One risk that never makes the commercial cut, however, is the dental kind.

Some experts believe that certain antidepressants-such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft-may increase the risk of tooth decay. These kinds of medications are known to cause dry mouth, which creates a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and sets the stage for bad breath.

Are you one of the many Americans taking an antidepressant? Dentists suggest frequently sipping water to prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth. You may also want to avoid certain over-the-counter mouthwashes, since their high alcohol content may further contribute to mouth dryness.