What Common Medications are Doing to Your Oral Health

If you struggle with dry mouth, oral sores, or abnormal bleeding from your gums, it may indicate more than poor dental hygiene or gum disease, it could be a side effect of your medication. Over-the-counter drugs, such as aspirin, as well as prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements have been found to make poor dental health even worse if not counteracted with proper daily care and professional treatment.

At the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy in Los Angeles, our board-certified periodontists strive to help our patients understand that oral health involves more than just brushing and flossing (although those are vital). To learn more about protecting your teeth and gums, do not wait to schedule an appointment with our expert team today!

Medication Side Effects and Your Mouth

Some of the most common pills, minerals, vitamins, and herbal supplements can have unexpected side effects that put your oral and dental health at risk. These side effects include:

Dry Mouth: Anti-depressants, anti-histimines, and blood pressure and heart medications can decrease saliva production, leaving your gums and teeth at risk of infection and tooth decay. Combat excessive dryness by simply drinking more water and eat fruits and vegetables that have a high water content, such as watermelon or oranges.

Abnormal Bleeding: Anti-coagulants and aspirin can prevent your body from developing blood clots, which help heal wounds and sores. Prior to undergoing any dental procedure or periodontal surgery, discuss your options with your periodontist to ensure the best outcome.

Weakened Soft-Tissue: Inflammation, sores, and discoloration of the gums can occur when taking blood pressure medication, oral contraceptives, and chemotherapy. Discuss how you can prevent discomfort when taking these medications.

Gingival Hyperplasia: Immunosuppresants, calcium channel blockers, and anti-seizure medications can cause overgrowth of gum tissue, which can make dental hygiene difficult and uncomfortable. Your periodontist can help you prevent gum tissue overgrowth with careful oral hygiene and monitoring.

Schedule an Consultation with a Certified Periodontist Today

If you are currently taking medication or supplements that you suspect may be impacting your oral health, do not wait to get a thorough screening and treatment from the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal and Implant Therapy. Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky are expert periodontists and will create an effective treatment plan based on your specific needs.  To schedule an appointment, please call us at (310) 299-8329.