I’m new here, so Hello to everyone!
I’m the parent of a 23-yr old son with schizoaffective disorder, childhood onset. For several years, he has been stable on meds (mainly clozapine). Such a relief! He still lives in the family home and I am his caregiver so I’m aware of his eating, drinking, and dental care habits. Despite good dental hygiene and a pretty good diet (no sodas or sweet drinks, prescription fluoride toothpaste to try to prevent cavities, etc), he has a mouthful of cavities and will need approximately $3000 of dental repair – again! (This is not the first time.) The dentist thinks his teeth are deteriorating because of “dry mouth” (from medications), which allows germs to thrive on teeth and gums.
My son has just started using Biotene to help alleviate the feeling of dry mouth. But I doubt that stuff will prevent germs from growing and rotting his teeth. My son does not drink alcohol or use any drugs other than prescribed for his schizoaffective disorder, and does not smoke. But his teeth are rotting away.
Clozapine is the best thing in the world for my son’s mental health and I don’t want him to stop taking it. But it can interfere with immune system function. I wonder whether that’s part of the reason why germs & decay are running amok in his mouth.
Has anyone else out there dealt with constant dental problems? Any solutions found?