How Medication Can Affect Your Oral Health And What You Can Do About It

THE MEDICINE YOU TAKE to feel better can negatively affect your oral health. To help you better protect your smile from some of medications’ harmful side effects, your team here at Dental Partners of Boston wants you to know the following information.

Side Effects, Some Medications That Cause Them, And Precautions You Can Take

Dry Mouth

Side Effect: With less saliva in your mouth to wash food debris from your teeth and neutralize the acid produced by plaque, you’re more likely to experience gum disease and tooth decay.

Potential Cause: Antihistamines, antidepressants, high blood pressure/heart medication, decongestants, inhalers, etc.

Precaution: Drink water regularly, chew sugarless gum, avoid alcohol, tobacco, and spicy foods, ask your doctor about an artificial saliva product.

Swelling Of The Gums

Side Effect: Swollen gums that grow over your teeth can trap bacteria and damage your gums and tooth structure.

Potential Cause: Anti-seizure medication, Immunosuppressants (taken with organ transplants), blood pressure medication (calcium channel blockers), etc.

Precaution: Careful daily brushing and flossing, more frequent dental visits (every 3 months), ask us for additional care tips.

Tooth Decay

Side Effect: The sugar that exists in many medications can lead to cavities.

Potential Cause: Cough drops and syrup, vitamins, antacids, etc.

Precaution: Do your best to take the medication during or around the time you eat, brush after consumption, take tablets instead of syrups.

Read The Label, Ask Your Doctor

Before you take any medication, make sure to read over medication labels and pay close attention to side effects. Consult with appropriate health professionals. Let your oral health team at Dental Partners of Boston know what medications you’re taking before receiving treatment so we can provide you with the best care possible.

Thanks for trusting us with your oral health.

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