Treating Dry Mouth When Following a Suboxone and Buphrenorphine Treatment Program

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Advanced Spine Provides Information on Suboxone Treatments and Side Effect Management

When taking suboxone and buphrenorphine to treat opioid addiction, there are some side effects that you may have to deal with. One of these potential side effects is dry mouth. While dry mouth may seem like nothing more than a minor inconvenience, it can potentially lead to additional problems. This is because saliva washes away food and other debris, thereby neutralizing the acids that are produced by the bacteria in the mouth. Some problems that can arise from dry mouth include:

  • Gingivitis: The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis is typically characterized by bleeding while brushing and inflammation of the gums. The effects of gingivitis can be reversed if caught early enough and treated.
  • Periodontitis: The next stage of gum disease, periodontitis, occurs when the supporting bone and fibers that hold the teeth in place are permanently damaged. In this stage, your gums may begin to form a pocket below the gumline where food and plaque gets trapped. Dental treatment and proper home care can help prevent further damage.
  • Advanced Periodontitis: The final stage of periodontitis, advanced periodontitis, occurs when the fibers and bone supporting the teeth are destroyed. This causes the teeth to shift or loosen.

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To prevent these problems from developing, it is important to stay well-hydrated while following a suboxone and buphenorphine treatment plan. There are also over-the-counter treatments available to treat dry mouth and, of course, paying close attention to oral hygiene is always important. If you are ready to treat your opioid addiction, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab so we can begin working on the treatment plan that is right for you.