While medicines serve a good purpose in treating depression and disease, they can also negatively affect the gums and teeth. The following information gives you a brief overview about how some medicines can make dental care a challenge.
What Medicines Affect Oral Health?
If you have asthma, some of the medicines can dissolve tooth enamel if they are used continuously over time. That is because they are highly acidic. People who are receiving chemotherapy may also suffer from dry mouth, or xerostomia. This condition can increase the risk gum inflammation and disease. The same can be said for immunosuppressive medicines, many of which can put you at risk for oral infections. If you are taking oral contraceptives, these medicines, too, can increase your risk of gum disease. Even taking a cough syrup with sugar can cause tooth decay. Make sure you brush your teeth after taking the medicine.
What to Do If Your Medicine Is Affecting You Oral Health
If you are taking a medicine that is negatively impacting your oral health, we may ask your doctor to adjust your medication or switch it out for a more dental-friendly medicine. We will also recommend ways you can take care of your teeth at home to improve your oral health. For example, we may suggest you use a water flosser or opt for an electric toothbrush if you need some additional support. We may also recommend more frequent dental appointments so we can better meet your dental needs.
If you are currently taking a medicine you believe may be affecting your dental health, let us know. Give us a call to arrange an appointment today. We want you to get the best care, both medically and dentally. Sometimes people don't know their dental problems are related to their medicines. That is why it is vital that you tell us about any medications you are taking.