How Certain Medications Can Impact Your Oral Health

September 23rd, 2014 → 6:23 pm @

While many medications are effective in treating certain symptoms, they often impact your health in other areas as well. One side effect that some medications come with is an effect on your oral health. Discuss your medications with Dr. Seidler and read on to find out how some of them can impact your oral health.

Bleeding
Some medications cause you to bleed abnormally. This is typically seen as a side effect of aspirin and anticoagulants. While they can be used to alleviate symptoms of heart disease and stroke, they also prevent the body from properly forming blood clots. These medications may complicate certain dental procedures, so be sure to notify Dr. Seidler of any anticoagulant medications you may be taking. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, you may either be experiencing a side effect of the medication or a symptom of gingivitis.

Overgrown Gums
There are several different types of medications that may lead to overgrown gums, including calcium channel blockers, anti-seizure medications, and immunosuppressant drugs. The excessive growth of your gum tissue can make it difficult to practice proper oral hygiene. However, consistent brushing and flossing in addition to regular trips to the dentist may help you combat this side effect. Talk to Dr. Seidler and find out if a gingivectomy is appropriate for your situation.

Dry Mouth
Dry mouth sounds like an inconvenience, but it can actually lead to serious negative effects. Antihistamines are one type of drug that can cause your mouth to stop producing a sufficient amount of saliva. This can cause tooth decay, infection, and general pain. You can fight these symptoms and produce more saliva by drinking water and chewing sugarless gum and lozenges.

For more information about how medications can impact your oral health, talk to the experts at Sanford Dental Excellence. We are a sedation dentistry practice that serves the Lake Mary and Sanford areas. If you would like to know more about our dentistry services, please visit our website. If you live in the area, feel free to stop by or call us at (407) 268-6409.

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