Medication Can Affect Your Oral Health

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You probably know that there are a number of things you should do to protect your teeth. The health of your mouth can actually affect the health of your entire body. For this reason, we recommend being conscientious of the medications you take and telling our dentist about any medications you take.

There are more than 400 medications that can cause dry mouth, which greatly reduces the amount of saliva you have in your mouth. While this may not seem overly serious, if you don’t have enough saliva, bacteria and food particles can stay on your teeth, causing decay, infection, and irritation.

There are other issues you could have to cope with because of medications. For instance, antidepressants and antipsychotic medications could also lead to a number of problems. Heart and blood pressure medications can also make some treatments more difficult. Even pain medications could ultimately lead to dental complications. Again, because of the diversity of medications that could lead to complications, please tell us when you start taking any medication.

Certain inhaler medications, typically used for asthma or bronchitis, can cause a yeast infection known as candidiasis. However, please note that you may be able to slow this problem by rinsing your mouth out with water after each use. Other medications can cause a buildup of gum tissue. Your gums could become swollen, tender, and even start to grow over your teeth.

If you’ve experienced some of these symptoms, we recommend visiting our dentist as soon as possible. Our dentist, Dr. Joel Manalese, and our team will be happy to examine your mouth and offer you and advice you need. If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Regal Dentistry at 951-643-4405. We look forward to hearing from you!