sleland wrote:I don't want to add to anyone's worries, but I read on one of these forums about a patient who ended up with all kinds of cavities in her teeth after using CPAP for a while and having the dry mouth problem. Is there any documentation of this happening? I know with elderly folks, a dry mouth sometimes happens and can cause a lot of tooth problems (my mother-in-law had teeth just fall out!). Has anyone else heard of this or experienced this? Perhaps that one patient was just an aberration.
I had 12 superficial cavities after 6 months of BiPAP. I'm a mouth-breather with an oral-only mask. I only had the big ones fixed and I'm supposed to be using a fluoride rinse, but I don't because I'm lazy. I'm afraid for my next checkup since it's going to be expensive. The rinse is much cheaper but I'm thick-headed (took me 3 years to consistently use CPAP after first being Rx'ed).
As for the dry mouth I'm getting used to it, but I use a Xylimelt every night. I dunno if it's a placebo or not, because my cheeks puff up from the air and so it probably isn't doing too much, but on nights I don't have one the dry mouth seems worse. The nice thing about them is they have a bit of a loose adhesive on one side so you moisten it and it sticks to your gums.