Some Medications Can Affect Your Oral Health

Many medications—both those prescribed by your doctor and the ones you buy on your own—can affect your oral health.

Please be sure to let Dr. Angell and the hygienists at Angell’s Dentistry know about any medications you are taking, especially if you are planning certain dental procedures or treatments.

Here are some of the things you should look out for and let us know about if you take certain prescription or over-the-counter medications:

Abnormal bleeding—While aspirin and anticoagulants such as heparin or warfarin can help prevent stroke or heart disease, they may cause bleeding problems during oral surgery or treatment for periodontal disease.

Soft-tissue reactions—Some blood pressure medications, chemotherapy medications, oral contraceptives and immunosuppressive agents may cause mouth sores and inflammation and discoloration of soft tissues in the mouth. If you experience any of these reactions, we can prescribe an oral hygiene regimen to reduce any discomfort you are having.

Overgrown gum tissue—Medications that may lead to “gingival overgrowth” include antiseziure drugs, immunosuppressants and calcium channel blockers taken by some heart patients.

Dry mouth—The list of drugs that can cause dry mouth includes: antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, high blood pressure medications, asthma inhalers, muscle relaxants, drugs for urinary incontinence, antidepressants and drugs for Parkinson’s disease, to name just a few. Dry mouth is not only uncomfortable, it also irritates soft tissue in the mouth, making it more susceptible to infection.

Dr. Douglas Angell and the staff at Angell’s Dentistry are committed to helping you keep your mouth healthy. Give us a call to schedule an appointment for a dental checkup and be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.

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