Whether you are taking allergy medicine or antidepressants, the medications you take for your body can affect your oral health. Always check for medication side effects by asking your doctor or pharmacist. They may put your oral health at risk. This does not mean you cannot take the medication, it just means that you should find out how Dr. Hortman can help you prevent negative oral health effects while taking the medication.
A common medication side effect is dry mouth. This can lead to more problems than just an uncomfortable feeling or bad breath. When you produce less saliva because of a medication side effect, then you could develop tooth decay, gum disease, or an infection. Naturally, Slavia washes over the teeth and gums to rinse off bacteria and prevent build-up. If this does not happen, the excess of bacteria can attack your gums and teeth. There are a number of ways Dr. Hortman at Palmetto Dental Associates can help you reduce dry mouth while taking medication such as chewing sugar-free gum or use a prescription rinse.
Inflammation and Infection
Other medication side effects include inflammation or infections that put your oral health at risk. Lining your mouth and digestive tract is a thin tissue called mucous membrane. If this becomes infected, then it could lead to a condition called Mucositis. Chemotherapy medications often have side effects that can lead to mucositis. However, if you use tobacco products, drink alcohol, or if you have poor oral health, kidney disease, HIV, or are dehydrated while taking chemotherapy medication, you can increase the risk of developing Mucositis.
Blood pressure, seizure, and immunosuppressant medications can also lead to medication side effects like inflammation and overgrowth of the gums, called Gingival Overgrowth. In this condition, your gums will grow more tissue, causing them to feel swollen and overgrown. Alone, this is not a problem. However, it does increase the risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay. Additionally, you may develop mouth sores, which are inflamed craters that break through the mucous membrane, while taking chemotherapy medication. You can also develop mouth sores if you take aspirin, penicillin, certain antibiotics, seizure medications, and gold to treat rheumatoid arthritis. If you are taking these medications and experience the side effects listed above, call Dr. Hortman and her team at Palmetto Dental Associates to find out how you can reduce your oral health risks while taking the medication.
Just like candy and chips, excessively sugary medications can lead to tooth decay. Always opt for sugar-free options to reduce the exposure of sugar on your teeth. Many times, there are sugar-free alternatives for common medications like vitamins and cough-drops. If you cannot find a sugar-free version, limit the amount of time you take the medication or rinse your mouth after taking it. If you have any questions, you should always ask Dr. Hortman and her team before changing your medication routine.
Medication Side Effects
Most medications have some side effects, however the benefits usually outweigh the risks. If you have any questions about the side effects listed above or how your medication may affect your oral health, call Dr. Hortman at Palmetto Dental Associates in Little River, South Carolina, at (843)-399-2525, today!