Prescription or Over-the-Counter

While we take medicine to improve our physical health, oftentimes, they have a negative effect on our oral health. Whether they are prescribed by a physician or are over-the-counter vitamins or supplements, some can have an immediate, or a snowball effect, on our mouth and teeth. By sharing this important information with your dentist, he will be able to help you find relief to some of these bothersome, and sometimes damaging, side effects.

Medication Side Effects and Your Oral Health

Many medications can affect your oral health. In addition to prescribed and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements can also cause oral health issues that range from dry mouth to inflamed gums to taste alterations and bone loss.

Oral Health: Medication Side Effects

Some of the most common side effects from medications that affect oral health include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Altered taste
  • Inflammation, mouth sores, or discoloration of the soft tissues in your mouth
  • Enlarged gums
  • Cavities
  • Teeth and gum color changes

Stay Up-to-Date

Always let your dentist know what medications you are taking, both prescription and over-the-counter, so that they can provide the best care based on your situation. At C R Dental Group, based in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Reisman and Dr. Contrucci strive to keep their patients in optimum oral health. They suggest you see your dentist and hygienist at least twice a year and always inform them about any change to your health history or medication use.