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Regardless of their occupation, social position, or gender, each person may be knowledgeable in a particular sphere of knowledge, but is generally ignorant in medicine. We are used to following our therapist’s prescriptions without hesitation. We have never made an effort to investigate the way this or that medicine works… But actually, even if we did, I doubt that we would realize what is written in the great medical books. It seems that sometimes it would be worth doing.

Recent research in the field of salivary dysfunction has shown that more than 600 widely disseminated drugs today lead to tooth decay through inhibition of saliva in our mouth. Meanwhile, saliva plays an important role in protecting our mouth from tooth-destroying acid. This acid is produced by bacteria while you eat sugar and destroys the top layer of our teeth at the same time. Sage is rich in calcium and phosphate, and as it flows, it replaces the layer that has been removed.

Atropine, propanolol, clonidine, and drugs similar to them rank first among the drugs that are harmful to our teeth. These medications inhibit the production of saliva or alter its composition which is so bad. Studies in rats to see the relationship between cavity incidence, salvia flow, and specific drugs, have shown that drugs such as atropine and their similarities, including antihistamines (for example, Benedryl) and some antidepressants (for example, Elavil, Aventyl), slow the process of secretion of sage. Propanolol, in turn, alters the composition of sage causing tooth decay in this way. The third drug under investigation, clonidine, has been shown to prevent saliva production by conducting neurotransmitters – stimulators of the salivary glands.

This is all sad, especially since these drugs are widely used by older people, along with those who have heart problems or hypertension. Clonidine, by the way, is additionally used to treat children with attention deficit problems. Professor Watson calls on doctors to reconsider the use of the drugs mentioned above, or at least to think about reducing the dose.

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