How Medications Affect Your Dental Health

medsmouth3If you’re taking medications for certain health conditions, you need to be aware that both prescription drugs and those you buy on your own can affect your oral health.

Following are just a few examples:

  • Antihistamines may cause dry mouth syndrome, which can lead to sore gums, making the mouth more prone to infection.
  • Contraceptives and blood pressure medications may cause mouth sores, gum inflammation and discoloration. Blood thinners can interfere with your ability to form blood clots or cause heavy bleeding after a tooth extraction.
  • Anti-seizure medications can cause an overgrowth of gum tissue (gingival hyperplasia) and make it difficult to practice good oral hygiene.
  • Cancer treatments also can affect oral health. Head and neck radiation, chemotherapy, and blood and marrow transplantation can cause oral complications ranging from dry mouth to life-threatening infections.
  • Inhaling medication through your mouth can cause a fungal infection called oral candidiasis, or thrush.

It’s important to keep Dr. Angell and our dental hygienists at Angell’s Dentistry up to date on any illnesses or chronic conditions you have and medications you are taking. We can help determine if they are affecting your oral health or if there are any issues with drug interactions as well.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell.  Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.

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