Whether you take over the counter medications or medications by prescription, they may be affecting your oral health.
One common side effect of medications is xerostomia, which leaves the patient at a greater risk for cavities. Artificial saliva or a sugar free candy can be helpful in keeping the mouth moist.
Oral soft tissues may also be affected. Inhalers, used by those with respiratory problems may cause a condition known as oral candidiasis. Simply rinsing your mouth after using an inhaler may prevent this fungal infection. Antiresorptive agents used in the treatment of some cancers, or osteoporosis have been associated, though quite rare, with jaw problems often occurring after a tooth extraction. Your dentist can work with you to prescribe a plan to insure good oral health while undergoing cancer treatments.
These are but a few examples of how medication can affect your oral health. It is important to tell your dentist about what medication you are taking whether by prescription or over the counter. This will insure the best treatment for your personal dental/oral health. Though it may not seem so, Spring is here and in this season of renewal we look forward to seeing our former patients, as well as new patients, at our new office. A Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all.
With Oshins of Smiles,
– Dr. Steven Oshins