Will Accutane Cause Me to Get Cavities?

Mile High Smiles in Lakewood, CO

What You need to Know...

It can be frustrating to try countless over-the-counter and prescription acne medications and not see the results you’d like. The good news is that Accutane, a powerful drug used for severe acne, may be the solution you’ve been longing for. It’s an oral medication that can clear your skin in about four to five months and leave you feeling more confident and happy in your own skin.

If you’ve heard of Accutane before, you probably know that while this drug is often very effective for clearing acne, it comes with some serious side effects. Some of the most common side effects of Accutane include dry skin, dry mouth, dry lips, nosebleeds, tiredness, and mood changes. Fortunately, these side effects typically go away once treatment has completed.

Since Accutane may cause dryness in the mouth, it can increase the risk of cavities and gum disease. Therefore, if you are taking Accutane and experience mouth dryness for more than a few weeks, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with Dr. Levitin in our office.

He can evaluate your mouth and give you some recommendations on how to add moisture to it. In many cases, he’ll suggest chewing sugarless gum, eating some sugarless candy, melting bit of ice in your mouth, or using a saliva substitute. The more moisture that you’re able to add in your mouth, the less likely you are to face cavities and gum disease. Our Ashburn, VA dental friends, Costa Family Dentistry, has expressed that more and more patients are asking about Accutane and their oral health. Hopefully we have cleared up any concerns you may have.

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For more details on how Accutane may affect your oral health, contact our Denver and Lakewood, Colorado area dental office today at 303-232-1830.

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8015 W. Alameda Ave. #250 Lakewood, CO 80226

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