You probably know that there are a number of things you should do to protect your teeth. The health of your mouth can actually affect the health of your entire body. For this reason, we recommend being conscientious of the medications you take and telling our dentist about any medications you take.
There are many medications that could lead to dental issues For instance, have you heard that over 400 different medications could ultimately lead to dry mouth? While this may not seem like a serious problem, it could actually lead to a number of major issues. If you don’t have sufficient saliva in your mouth, you may struggle to naturally remove food particles and plaque from your teeth. This can lead to decay, infection, and irritation.
Certain inhaler medications, typically used for asthma or bronchitis, can cause a yeast infection known as candidiasis. However, please note that you may be able to slow this problem by rinsing your mouth out with water after each use. Other medications can cause a buildup of gum tissue. Your gums could become swollen, tender, and even start to grow over your teeth.
Other medications can also lead to a number of serious issues. Some of these medications include high blood pressure and heart medications, antidepressants, and antipsychotic medications. Even over the counter pain medications can cause issues with your oral health.
If you’ve experienced some of these symptoms, we recommend visiting our dentist as soon as possible. Our dentist, Dr. Lois Lee, and our team will be happy to examine your mouth and offer you and advice you need. If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Meadowdale Dental Clinic at (425) 361-0842. We look forward to hearing from you!