I’m 16 and I’ve never had a cavity and when I found out I had one I was shocked because I have excellent dental hygiene. I brush my teeth every day, floss, and use mouthwash. Recently I was diagnosed with Graves Disease and lately I have been getting more and more cavities and I’ve been going crazy about it because even my diet is healthy. Is there a connection between Graves Disease and tooth decay?
As you are well aware Graves Disease is an autoimmune disease causing your immune system to attack your thyroid and causing it to become over active. Medications are used to keep your thyroid in check. Unfortunately there has been no correlation between Graves Disease and tooth decay yet the medications you may be taking to help your condition may be giving you a dry mouth. People with a dry mouth are much more prone to tooth decay. Your oral care at home is vital and it sounds like you are doing exactly what needs to be done. We also recommend that you drink plenty of water throughout the day to help remove plaque from your teeth. Try to limit your sugar intake as well as starchy foods and acidic drinks like soda and Gatorade. Biotene is a dental product that helps promote saliva. We recommend you buy the toothpaste and mouthwash and use it daily. If you are noticing a dry mouth discuss this with your dentist and see what other advice they have for you.
Post courtesy of Dr. Perry, Baton Rouge Dentist.