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The Effects Of Medications On Oral Health

Posted on 7/10/2023 by Evan
The Effects Of Medications On Oral HealthMany medications can have an impact on oral health. Drugs can have adverse effects that can harm your teeth and gums, even if some dentists prescribe them to address dental issues. Before taking any medication, discuss it with your dentist to prevent harmful side effects. The following are some of the expected effects of medications on oral health:

Dry Mouth

A dry mouth is a common side effect of many medications. A dry mouth can make food difficult to swallow. You are also prone to getting tooth decay and gum diseases. Saliva helps to neutralize acid and wash away food particles. Thus, a lack of saliva can lead to bacteria and plaque buildup in the mouth.

Ensure you learn to increase saliva in your mouth to avoid other serious issues. Also, ask for substitutes if you feel that certain medicines are the cause of dry mouth.

Gum Overgrowth

Gum tissue can overgrow as a side effect of some drugs. This can cause your gums to become red, swollen, and tender. In most cases, keeping your teeth clean will be difficult. Gum overgrowth can also increase your risk of developing gum disease.

Tooth Decay

Many pharmaceuticals, such as antihistamines and cough syrups, include sugar, which, if regularly consumed, can cause tooth rot. Additionally, medications that contain acidic ingredients, such as aspirin, can erode tooth enamel over time. Ensure you talk to the dentist when you have this medication.

Oral Thrush

Oral thrush is a fungal infection that can be a side effect of some medications like antibiotics. It appears as white or yellow patches on the tongue and inside of the mouth and can cause discomfort, difficulty eating, and a loss of taste. It can also cause pain when you take acidic foods like oranges. Visit our dentist to know the effects of medications on oral health.

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