We all know that many medications have side effects, but some medications can even affect oral health. In most cases, the oral side effects of medications resolve shortly after you stop taking the medication. To be sure we are aware of all medications you are taking, but sure to update your medical history form when you are in the office for your next visit. Whether the medication is prescription or over-the-counter you should know whether there are side effects on oral health.
Some common oral side effects include:
Dry mouth — antihistamines and other drugs can cause saliva to decrease and leave your mouth prone to soft tissue inflammation, pain and infection.
Soft-tissue problems — mouth sores, inflammation or discoloration of the soft tissue
Abnormal bleeding — reduced blood clotting is a result of aspirin and prescribed anticoagulants, like heparin or warfarin. If you are having any type of dental procedure, please let us know so preventative measures can be taken.
Tooth discoloration — taking tetracycline products when teeth are developing can cause permanent staining in those teeth. Cosmetic dentistry techniques like veneers, crowns, bonding procedures, or, in some cases, bleaching may be used
to lighten teeth with tetracycline stains.