Talk to a St. Charles Dentist about Medications and Your Smile

Prescription Bottle SmOral and overall health are interconnected in a variety of ways. Things that affect your smile can also impact your body, and vice-versa. If you take any medications, it’s important to let the dentist know. Certain drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter varieties, can cause or contribute to oral conditions that impact your smile. By knowing your health history and staying informed of your health conditions and medications, St. Charles MO dentist Dr. Jeffrey Smith can deliver the personalized care you need to keep your smile healthy and strong.

Medication Side Effects

Some medications have side effects that diminish quickly. Others have long-term effects, some of which can negatively impact the health of your smile.

Increased bleeding: Both aspirin and prescription blood-thinners used to treat heart disease and stroke can increase the risk of abnormal bleeding during dental therapies such as oral surgery or periodontal (gum) treatments.

Dry mouth (xerostomia): Antihistamines, drugs used to treat high blood pressure and depression, and chemotherapy drugs may reduce saliva flow. This reduction in saliva can contribute to increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Oral sores and swelling: Oral contraceptives, blood pressure medication, chemotherapy drugs, and drugs that inhibit the immune system can cause problems with the soft tissues of the mouth.

Dental discoloration: Tetracycline use may cause permanent staining of teeth.

Overgrowth of gum tissue: Calcium channel blockers, immunosuppressant drugs, and medication to prevent seizures can cause gum tissue to seemingly swell and extend beyond the gumline.

Keep Us Informed

Each time you visit our St. Charles MO dentist’s office, let us know what medications, if any, that you’re taking. This information lets us tailor your treatment to your unique needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment.