The simple answer to this question is yes. There are certain types of medication that can cause damage to your teeth in a variety of ways. Some of this damage is short-lived and can be fixed while other situations can become permanent.
There are hundreds of medications that have dry mouth as a potential side effect. This can directly impact the health of your teeth due to the limitation of saliva this causes. When saliva cannot flow freely, its infection-fighting powers are not readily available. Gum infections and tooth decay can result. Here are a few examples of common medications that are known to cause dry mouth:
If you are taking one of these or any other medication where dry mouth is a common side effect, here are a few tips on how to keep a healthy level of saliva:
Birth control pills can also compromise oral health. Anytime you regularly ingest a medication that changes hormone levels, gums can become increasingly sensitive to plaque bacteria. This bacteria, if left untreated, can lead to complications such as cavities and periodontal disease.
At South University Dental, we encourage all patients to let us know about medications you take, adjustments in dosage, and/or any changes that have occurred with your overall health.
Are you concerned about your medication having a negative impact on your teeth? The professionals at South University Dental in Fargo can help you create a winning strategy that minimizes the negative impact of certain medications on your teeth and gums. If you’re looking for premium quality dental care in the Red River Valley, email our office or call (701) 232-8884. One of our friendly team members will happily help you schedule a convenient appointment time.