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Common Medications and their Effect on Oral Health

Common Medications and their Effect on Oral Health

Medication is used for a variety of reasons, but mainly to decrease symptoms for a diagnosed problem. The problem with medication is that often times there are side effects. In other words, you may fix one problem, but then inherit another. Some medications are known for directly interfering with oral health and we’ll list them for you.

Medications that Interfere with Oral Health

Antihistamines – if you have allergies, then you’re probably aware of what an antihistamine is. They are used to effectively treat and control your body’s response to seasonal allergies from changes in pollen, etc. Unfortunately, they dry the body out, including the saliva in our mouth. Saliva is important for combating the bacteria in our mouth.

Aspirin
– many of us use aspirin to treat mild pain such as toothaches, headaches, and muscle aches. The act of chewing or crushing the aspirin with your teeth could have an effect on your teeth’s enamel, eroding it over time.

Decongestants
– often used during sickness and as a way to treat pressure issues with the ears, decongestants are another commonly used medication that results in reduced saliva flow.

High blood pressure – high blood pressure is a common condition where many take prescription medication. However, medication used to treat high blood pressure may sometimes results in unwanted sores or inflammation inside the mouth.

Acne medication
– a specific type of acne medication, Tetracycline, is known to cause permanent staining on the teeth in developing teeth. Younger adults have developing teeth and are also the ones who are usually treated with acne medication.

Should I Stop Using Medication?

You may be wondering whether or not you should continue the use of medication if you develop an oral health issue. The answer is simple: it depends. Sometimes the fix is to change the brand or types of medication used and then monitor results. However, questions regarding usage of medication should always be discussed with your doctor and dentist.

Whether you take medication or not – but especially if you do – you should always put an emphasis on staying diligent with brushing and flossing.

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