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Dec
6

How Your Medication Affects Oral Health

Medication easily becomes a part of our daily life. As we age, we need it more and more to encourage healthy bodily function and ward off sickness.

Side-effects are something you may simply have to put up with. Even if you can’t prevent these problems, you can keep them from doing damage to your smile!

Here’s what you need to know about three common oral side-effects of medication.

Dry Mouth

Allergy medications commonly cause dry mouth (xerostomia.)

This is more serious than it may sound. Dry mouth is not only uncomfortable, but it elevates your cavity risk because there isn’t saliva there to wash away acidic bacteria.

Make sure to stay hydrated. Chew a sugar-free gum with xylitol to stimulate salivation. Your dentist might also recommend saliva substitutes in severe situations.

Consider using an at-home fluoride rinse to keep your enamel strong.

Excessive Bleeding

Blood thinners make it easier for your gums to bleed.

When the thin skin of gums is disturbed, it may bleed more easily. Be careful to not blame all bleeding on your medication. If you have infections like gingivitis or periodontal disease, your gums are likely to bleed until it’s corrected.

A professional gum assessment will help you determine the real cause.

Gingival Hyperplasia

Say what?

That’s the term for excessive tissue growth.

Anti-seizure and immunosuppressant medications are commonly connected to this. Research indicates that if you keep gums very clean throughout the course of your medication, then you can keep the gum growth to a minimum. Excess gum tissue can be surgically removed later if necessary.

Let your dentist know about your current list of medications to get more specific recommendations for oral care.

Posted on behalf of:
Sycamore Hills Dentistry
10082 Illinois Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260) 213-4400

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