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People who receive antidepressant medication for psychiatric and other reasons might be at increased risk for adverse dental effects, according to a study in the Journal of the American Dental Association (Jan. 2003). These people might be at increased risk for xerostomia or dry mouth. If left untreated, xerostomia could lead to:
bullet rampant tooth decay
bullet periodontal disease
bullet bad breath
bullet oral yeast infection
bullet and other oral problems. 

It is recommended that if you are on antidepressant mediations you need to have your blood pressure and other vital signs routinely monitored by your doctor and dentist. 

                     Source: Artificial saliva products and drugs to treat xerostomia. Dr Wynn, Meiller. 

                     General Dentistry. Nov-Dec 2000 pg 630-635.

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