How Does Medication Affect Your Oral Health?

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You probably know that there are a number of things you should do to protect your teeth. The health of your mouth can actually affect the health of your entire body. For this reason, we recommend being conscientious of the medications you take and telling our dentist about any medications you take.

There are more than 400 medications that can cause dry mouth, which greatly reduces the amount of saliva you have in your mouth. While this may not seem overly serious, if you don’t have enough saliva, bacteria and food particles can stay on your teeth, causing decay, infection, and irritation.

Other medications can also lead to a number of serious issues. Some of these medications include high blood pressure and heart medications, antidepressants, and antipsychotic medications. Even over the counter pain medications can cause issues with your oral health.

Some medications could also affect your gums. In fact, some medications could make your gums become swollen or even grow over your teeth. Similarly, other medications, such as inhalers, can result in a condition called candidiasis. This is a yeast infection that you may be able to prevent simply by rinsing your mouth after using an inhaler.

If you’ve experienced some of these symptoms, we recommend visiting our dentist as soon as possible. Our dentist, Dr. Catalina Cruz Johnson, and our team will be happy to examine your mouth and offer you and advice you need. If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Dentists at Memorial Park at 713-861-8323. We look forward to hearing from you!