Your dentist needs to know what medications you are taking so that they can determine if there are an adverse side-effects to your oral health. Even vitamin/mineral and herbal supplements can cause unwanted consequences. Here are a few things to watch out for:
Dry Mouth – Many drugs and supplements that people take can be the source of low saliva production because they may dehydrate the person taking them. Simply drinking more water may not be the answer. Dry mouth is a real problem for your teeth and gums because not only does saliva help you to wash down your food, but it keeps food particles, bacteria, and acid from remaining in your mouth to cause enamel erosion and dental decay. Estimates by the National Institutes of Health report that there are over 400 medications that cause dry mouth in patients. They are common medications prescribed to treat colds, allergies, anxiety, depression, and high blood pressure.
Bruising, Bleeding, and Clotting – Some medications that are used for thinning of the blood can cause complications when healing or undergoing oral surgery.
Taste – Medications can change the way you perceive what foods and drink taste like. You may think foods taste bland or have an unpleasant aftertaste, when really it is your medication meddling with your brain relays..
Ulcers and Mouth Sores – Some drugs can cause sores to appear in the mouth and tongue. This can make eating and wearing of dental appliances difficult.
Interactions – Tell your dentist of any medicines you are taking whether prescribed, over-the-counter, or herbal. Talk openly to our dental team for your health and safety.
If you would like to talk to someone about your medications and how they affect your oral health, call Dr. Ali Nia and our helpful team at Mesa Dental Care. Phone: 480-730-0500, or come by our office in Mesa, Arizona.