Can Your Medications Be Affecting Your Oral Health?
When you visit a medical professional, they may recommend starting medication. While you may be taking the medication to improve an illness, prevent a problem, or help with a long-standing medical condition, you may be causing serious harm to your oral health. We want to raise awareness of the many medications, prescribed and over the counter, that can have lasting effects on your teeth and mouth and seriously impact the future of your oral health. Keep reading to learn about two common side effects and get some tips to help your oral health:
One of the most common side effects of medications that can affect your oral health is dry mouth. Dry mouth occurs when there is a lack of saliva, which is important to help rinse your mouth and rid it of lingering food and bacteria. When there is not enough saliva, it can lead to recurrent decay and gum disease. If you are taking medication that can cause dry mouth, be sure that you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
There are some medications that can cause your gums to bleed. Bleeding gums are also a common symptom of gum disease. If you regularly take a medication that causes bleeding gums, we don’t want you to be alarmed if you notice regular bleeding, especially after brushing and flossing your teeth. It is important to mention to our team that you are experiencing bleeding gums when you visit for a cleaning.
Be Honest with Us About Your Health
Before we start any treatment, even a cleaning, we will ask if there have been any changes to your medical history. This includes any medications that you may be taking. You may be surprised to learn that certain medications can lead to complications with the treatment. Some medical conditions require antibiotics before starting treatment, and failure to take the antibiotics can cause complications with your overall health.
The next time you are prescribed medication, remember to ask how it can affect your oral health. If your doctor or pharmacist can’t answer your questions, don’t hesitate to call our office which is located in Spring Hill, FL. We are happy to help!