Medication and Your Smile

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Some medications can have a bad effect on your oral health. That’s why it’s imperative to tell Dr. Samira Jamil about both over the counter and prescription medicine you take regularly. It’s also useful to have a basic understanding of the possible side effects you might see in your mouth. Here’s a list of the known side effects of various medications:

Bleeding: Aspirin or anticoagulants, the latter of which are often prescribed for those at particular risk of heart disease or stroke, can diminish your blood’s ability to clot properly, which is of particular concern during oral surgery or some periodontal treatments.

Soft-Tissue Problems: If you have mouth sores, soft tissue inflammation or discoloration it may be the result of an immunosuppressant, contraceptive, chemotherapeutic agent, or blood pressure control medication.

Gingival Overgrowth: Gingival Overgrowth is a medical word for overrun or enlarged gum tissue. It may be an effect of immunosuppressants, antiseizure medications, or calcium channel blockers.

Dry Mouth: Chronic dry mouth occurs when your salivary glands fail to produce enough saliva to adequately clean your mouth. This can be the result of a long list of medications, both prescribed and over the counter. It may be the result of decongestants, Parkinson’s Disease drugs, painkillers, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, antihistamines, blood pressure medication and others

If you think your medication may be producing some oral side effects, read the labels on the bottles carefully and talk to your family doctor. If you are getting ready for oral surgery or another dental procedure, let us know about your medication. If you have any queries or concerns, don’t hesitate to call Today's Dentistry in Temple Terrace, Florida at 813-989-3269.