Medication and Its Impact on Dental Health

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Medicines, like everything else you eat or drink, can affect your dental health. Knowing which medicines that you’re taking can alert us to potential changes in your oral health that may prompt some proactive strategies to keep your smile bright. Medications can be life-saving, but they can also have side effects, including effects on your dental health. Knowing which medications that you are taking helps your dentist help you stay healthy.

Medications include prescription medications as well as over-the-counter drugs that you take on a regular basis such as antihistamines for allergies, aspirin for frequent headaches and other common medicines. Vitamins, herbs, and supplements should also be mentioned to your dentist. Many supplements can also affect your oral health.

Medicines and Dry Mouth

Certain medications can cause dry mouth. These include medicines that treat Parkinson’s disease, high blood pressure, painkillers, antihistamines, and several other categories of medications.

Dry mouth isn’t just uncomfortable. It irritates the tissues in your mouth. Saliva also helps protect your teeth from decay, and the drying effects of these drugs can reduce the amount of saliva bathing your teeth. All of this can contribute to tooth decay, inflammation, and other oral health problems.

Abnormal Bleeding

Another side-effect of certain medications is abnormal bleeding. Medicines called anticoagulants, often prescribed to reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack, can cause excess bleeding. This is vital for your dentist to know before you undergo any kind of dental work.

Changes in Taste

Some medicines can cause a funny taste in your mouth, such as a metallic taste. Patients sometimes blame dental crowns or fillings for this taste, but medication can cause that metal taste, too.

Dental Health Is Part of Good Health

Your dental health is an important part of your overall health. Knowing which medications that you take and how they impact your oral health can help us keep your smile healthy. At Bassett Creek Dental, we care about your good health. Help us help you by making sure to tell us about any healthy conditions you may have as well as any medications, supplements, herbs or vitamins you are taking.

For more information, ask your dentist at Bassett Creek Dental during your next appointment. Call us today at (763) 546-1301 for an appointment.



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