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September 19, 2005

Bottled Water Cited as Contributing to Cavity Comeback

Topics: Health Issues

It seems that tooth decay is making a comeback. Of course it's blamed on junk food, spurred by social changes, and - bottled water and fruit juices ?

"It's not the water that's causing the decay," said Jack Cottrell, D.D.S., president of the Canadian Dental Association (CDA). "It's the lack of fluoride."
And while we're on the topic of teeth, reader 'Nancy' emailed in with a request for information on "teeth cracking" with the use of the anti-depressant Lexapro.
... a dentist told a friend of mine very recently that their problem of teeth cracking and falling out could be a result of taking Lexapro. The dentist further commented that he has had several patients with the same dental problem that have taken Lexapro for 6 months or longer. The patient remarked to a neighbor about the problem and the neighbor replied that he had suffered the same problem and that he takes Lexapro. Have you ever heard of this and what could teeth have to do with an antidepressant?
My response to Nancy's question is that aside from the fact that it sounds as though her friend lives in what appears to be either a really depressing neighborhood or an unusual neighborhood, one with enough depressed people that cracked teeth is an issue, I am familiar with reported cases of bruxism(involuntary clinching or grinding of teeth) in using Lexapro[Cipralex (Escitalopram)] - ergo the cracking of teeth could be the result of teeth-grinding.

It has been successfully treated with Gabapentin (Neurontin).

More side effects here.

Posted by Richard at September 19, 2005 9:49 PM

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