Medication and Dental Health

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Some medications can have a horrible impact on your oral health. That’s why it’s imperative to tell Dr. Tom Pinnavaia about both the over the counter and prescription medicine you take frequently. It’s also valuable to have a fundamental understanding of the probable side effects that may occur in your mouth. Here’s a list of the well-known side effects of an assortment of medications:

Abnormal Bleeding: Aspirin or anticoagulants, the second of which is often prescribed for those at significant risk of heart disease or stroke, can lessen your blood’s ability to clot correctly. This is important to know during oral surgery as well as some periodontal treatments.

Soft-Tissue Reactions: If you feel mouth sores, inflammation or see strange colors on the insides your cheeks, it may be a side effect of an immunosuppressant, contraceptive, chemotherapeutic agent, or blood pressure control medication.

Gingival Overgrowth: This word is a way of describing enlarged gum tissue. It may be the result of immunosuppressants, antiseizure medications, or calcium channel blockers.

Dry Mouth: Chronic dry mouth happens when you don’t generate enough saliva to sufficiently clean and sustain your mouth, leading other dental issues. Many over the counter and prescription medications have dry mouth as a known side effect. Examples include decongestants, Parkinson’s Disease drugs, painkillers, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, antihistamines, blood pressure medication and others

To fully determine if your medication is causing oral health issues, read the labels on the bottles carefully and talk to your family doctor. Remember to tell us about your medications when preparing for a dental procedure. If you have any queries or concerns, you can phone My Dentists in Charlotte, North Carolina at 704-375-8577 and we will be happy to help.