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Risks Associated With Taking Medication

“Medications are generally used to make someone feel better,” says World. “However, many people are not aware that medication can also have harsh side effects on our mouths and teeth. Gum swelling, inflammation of the lining of the mouth, mouth sores and ulcers, fungal infection, tooth decay, taste changes and even tooth discoloration can all come as a result of taking medication. And these types of symptoms can be caused by everything from anti-depressants and diabetes medication to chemotherapy, allergy prescriptions and remedies for the common cold.”  

According to World, one of the most common side effects associated with taking medication is Xerostomia, also known as dry mouth. “Medication often reduces the amount of saliva that we produce, which leads to dry mouth,” says World. “Dry mouth can be very uncomfortable. A lack of saliva can also lead to inflammation, infection, gum disease and severe tooth decay. It is by far one of the most common side effects of medication. More than 400 drugs are known to cause dry mouth. Drinking plenty of water, fluoride treatments, frequent dental cleanings and better home care are some of the best ways to relieve the side effects of dry mouth.” “Generally, the benefits that come along with taking a medication often outweigh its side effects. Nonetheless, it is important to be aware of these potential symptoms and to avoid using medication when it is not necessary. Practicing good oral hygiene including brushing and flossing your teeth and scheduling regular check-ups and cleanings with your dentist aids in maintaining overall oral health. It is also important to make your dentist aware of any medications that you are currently using, as you would your regular physician.”

West Valley City Dentist | Risks Associated With Taking Medication. Curtis Smith is a West Valley City Dentist.