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Does Avinza cause dental damage?

Yes, Avinza (morphine) and other narcotic analgesics can cause damage to the teeth and mouth. One of the side effects of Avinza is dry mouth. Because saliva helps keep your mouth healthy, a dry mouth is more susceptible to dental disease, fungal infections, gum disease and tooth decay. For mild dry mouth, try sucking sugarless candy, chewing gum, eating ice chips or using a saliva substitute. If your dry mouth lasts longer than two weeks, talk to your dentist about treatment options that will decrease your risk of dental damage.

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