Oral health complications often occur when taking medication. Your cavities and periodontal disease could actually be a result of your prescription.
Knowing what is in your medicine cabinet helps me determine any medications that could cause oral health complications. As a dentist in Downtown Portland, I ask my patients to tell me everything they ingest, including vitamins and natural remedies. If you are on any type of medication, alternative or not, I need to know about it.
If you have suffered from oral health complications or side effects from the medication please let me know. Other oral health complications can occur if you are taking medications that are causing side effects.
Below are some oral health complications to watch for if you are taking medications.
Dry Mouth and Oral Health Complications
Zerostomia, or dry mouth, affects many people who are on medications. Even over the counter medications can cause dry mouth. The uncomfortable condition causes a decrease in saliva, as your salivary glands are not able to work, as they should.
Without saliva, your mouth will accumulate plaque and bacteria, as there is nothing to wash it away. If you have dry mouth, rinse often and drink plenty of water. Also, ask your doctor if you can try another medication to combat dry mouth.
Tooth Decay and Oral Health Complications
I can’t tell my patients enough how sugary cough drops and antacid tablets can cause cavities. Those liquid medications and dissolvable tablets are loaded with sugar to make them taste better. Those sugars will leave a residue on your teeth. The sticky film will make you more susceptible to dental caries. If your medication contains sugar brush after every dose.
Gingival Enlargement and Oral Health Complications
Because medications that control high blood pressure can lead to gingival enlargement it’s important to take care. This condition makes your gums swell and eventually grow over your teeth. When left untreated, gingival enlargement can cause periodontal disease. Early detection will help monitor the enlargement while reducing negative effects.
As with any medication, it’s important that you let my office know. I want to make sure that I am giving you the best care possible and that can’t happen, if you aren’t on the up and up about your medications.
Want to know more about your medications and oral health complications? Call for a dental appointment today.