Prescription and over-the-counter meds are supposed to alleviate, if not cure, conditions that are causing you discomfort. But while the pills and liquids work to make you feel better, they can also be detrimental to your teeth. This is why you need to inform your dentist about any medications that you are taking or will be taking. (Don’t stop taking any prescribed medication without consulting with your doctor, even if it can potentially harm your teeth.)
From diagnosis to treatment, the office of Burning Tree Family Dentistry is here for you every step of the way. We give all of our patients as much time as they need to understand their care options so their issues can be rectified as soon as possible.
Some medicines lower the amount of saliva your mouth produces. The reduced saliva brings about dry mouth syndrome, which increases your chances of tooth decay, gum disease and loss of teeth. Saliva is a crucial component of good oral health because it cuts down on the bacteria in your mouth, dilutes enamel-eating acids, and helps keep food from sticking to your teeth.
Meds that can reduce your production of saliva and spark gum problems such as inflammation, bleeding or ulceration include antidepressants, antihistamines, diuretics (water pills), decongestants and blood pressure tablets (beta-blockers). Chemotherapy and immunosuppressive prescriptions also pose risks.
Some people prefer to chew aspirin tablets, but the acids in them can harm enamel. Rather, swallow the whole pill with water; don’t let it come into contact with your teeth or gums. Medications available in syrup form have sugars that can dissolve enamel if you don’t brush your teeth right after use.
As for children, their permanent teeth begin developing in their jawbones shortly after birth. The antibiotic tetracycline can give those teeth a brown or yellow tint. Parents should be on the lookout to see if their youngsters habitually swallow fluoridated toothpaste. Too much fluoride can instigate white or discolored spots on permanent teeth as they’re forming.
Ask your dentist if the medications you take can affect your teeth and gums.
The office of Burning Tree Family Dentistry is passionate about treating all aspects of your dental health. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment. We look forward to serving you!
By Burning Tree Family Dentistry
July 27, 2022