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My Prescription Drugs and My Teeth

Posted on 8/13/2016 by Zac Bird
A prescription medicine bottle filled with pills.Medication that has been prescribed by your doctor may be necessary and needed, but have damaging effects on your teeth. Many prescription drugs can be detrimental to your oral health. Even if the health issue seems to be completely unrelated to your mouth, prescription drugs have been noted to cause the following:

•  Dry mouth
•  Cavities
•  Enlarged gums
•  Mouth sores
•  Abnormal bleeding
•  Altered taste
•  Thrush, or an oral yeast infection

Medication and Dry Mouth

It is estimated that more than 600 medications cause a patient to experience dry mouth, meaning that their saliva flow has been reduced, and, as a result, leaves the patient who is taking one of these medications at increased risk for cavities and gum disease.

Saliva is our natural response to reducing food particles and decay causing bacteria in our mouths, without it, the problems can be significant.

What medications reduce saliva?

Prescription drugs used to treat medical problems including: chemotherapy for cancer, depression and anxiety, both antihistamines and decongestants, high blood pressure medications, anti-diarrheals and muscle relaxants, have all been noted to reduce saliva production.

Patients are often surprised that a medication that has nothing to do with your mouth can affect it, but it can. Your body is a whole working unit, all cycling and working together.

What can I do?

If you are experiencing dry mouth due to your medications, first talk to your doctor. See if an alternative medication is possible. If not, then you will need to be aware to keep your mouth moist and clean.

Some patients choose to increase their water intake, some find that sucking on ice helps. Increasing your frequency in brushing may be necessary, brushing after each meal to reduce food particles can assist in preventing decay.

Please contact us if you have any questions about prescription drugs effects on your oral health.

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