My Medications and My Dental Health
Your doctor prescribed you some medicine, and you are feeling like a million bucks. But, you’ve also noticed some side effects…in your mouth. You’re not crazy. Some medications can have side effects that manifest themselves in your mouth, which ultimately can affect your dental health.
The most common side effects of medications that you may see when it comes to your oral health are:
- Dry mouth
- Abnormal bleeding
- An altered sense of taste
- Inflammation of the gums
- Mouth sores
- A change in the color of your teeth
- Bone loss
- Thrush (an oral yeast infection)
While you may be able to change your prescription to put a stop to some of these issues, in some cases that may not be possible. That is why it is so important that you share with your dentist any medications you may be taking. We may be able to suggest some things that can reduce or alleviate the symptoms you are experiencing with your current medication. Additionally, you may require more frequent checkups so that we can monitor your dental health for any changes and prevent any serious problems from occurring.
So, don’t dismiss those side effects as just part of what you must endure. Speak to both your doctor and your dentist about your current medications so we can provide you with the best possible treatment.