The Effects of Medication on Your Oral Health
Medication Effects On Your Oral Health
The effects of medication on your oral health are often overlooked. Many people are unaware of the potential harm that some medications can cause to teeth and gums. Our Colorado Springs dentist is here to provide some insight.
There are a variety of medications that can have negative effects on your oral health. Some of the more common ones are:
These can cause a decrease in saliva production, which can lead to a dry mouth. A dry mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to cavities and gum disease.
Decongestants: These work by constricting blood vessels, which can also lead to a decrease in saliva production and a dry mouth.
These can cause increased acidity in the mouth, which can lead to tooth enamel erosion.
These increase urination, which can lead to dehydration. Dehydration can cause a decrease in saliva production and a dry mouth.
If you are taking any of these medications, it is important to be extra diligent about your oral hygiene. Be sure to brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and use mouthwash regularly. If you are concerned about the effects of your medication on your oral health, please don’t hesitate to contact our office and schedule an appointment.
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At Kissing Camels Family Dentistry, our goal is always what’s best for the patient as a whole individual. Part of this means providing education on how different aspects of our lives (including the medications we take) affect our oral health so that we can be proactive in taking the best possible care of ourselves! We hope you found this post informative and helpful! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out – we’re here for you!