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Medications and Oral Health

Medications and Oral Health

Many drugs, both those prescribed by your doctor and those purchased over the counter, have an impact on your dental health.

Dry mouth is a typical pharmaceutical adverse effect. Saliva helps to keep food from accumulating around your teeth and neutralizes plaque acids. These acids can harm your teeth’ hard surfaces. Tooth decay is more likely if you have a dry mouth. Medication can also impact your soft oral tissues, such as gums, cheek lining, and tongue. Inhalers, for example, are commonly used by persons who have breathing issues. Oral candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by inhaling medicine via your mouth. This illness, often known as thrush, causes white patches in your mouth that can be unpleasant. This infection can be avoided by rinsing your mouth after using your inhaler.

Oral health can be harmed by cancer therapy. Consult your dentist before initiating treatment if at all feasible. He or she can check to see if your mouth is in excellent shape and, if required, recommend treatments to help you keep it that way. Your dentist is also concerned about the drugs you’re taking since many of them might have an impact on your dental procedures. When arranging your treatment, your dentist may wish to consult your physician. People who have taken bone-strengthening medicines to treat cancer or, to a lesser extent, osteoporosis may experience rare but significant jaw difficulties.

These are just a few instances of how drugs might harm your teeth and gums. Your dentist must be aware of any drugs you are taking to give you the best dental treatment possible. Notify the dentist about your drug regimen and overall health, especially if you’ve recently been sick or suffer from any chronic ailments. Give a detailed medical history, including prescription and over-the-counter medications. Always let your dentist know if your health or medication regimen changes.

Talk to your dentist about how to safely store and dispose of any unused, unwanted, or expired drugs, especially if you have children in the house. Also, explain to your kids about the hazards of utilizing prescription medications for non-medical purposes. Contact us in Orem for more details or a dental appointment.

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