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Posts for tag: Medication

February 09, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Medication   Decay   Dry mouth  

Have you ever seen the commercials that talk about the potential side effects of medications?  Sometimes the side effects seem worse than the ailment they are treating!!  Many medications will affect the amount of saliva that you produce.  Saliva is one of our body’s primary defenses against cavities.  Many of us don’t drink enough water.  Dehydration will contribute to dry mouth and contribute to tooth decay.  Certain blood pressure medications (water pill) regulate your water levels and you should consult your physician before increasing water intake.  Dry mouth may also increase your chances of aphthous ulcers, bad breath, and burning mouth syndrome.  There are great salivary substitutes available over the counter that can help as well.  Candy and gum that contain xylitol have been showing promising results for increasing salivation and fighting tooth decay.  The body typically wants to produce more saliva when food is in the mouth to begin the digestion process.  Xylitol candy is great because it can increase salivation and help prevent decay at the same time.  Candy and gum with sugar may increase salivation, but they also lead to more decay.  Let’s talk about some ways to help and what you should avoid to keep those pearly whites!

August 27, 2014
Category: Health
Tags: Gums   Medication  

Did you know that certain seizure and blood pressure medications may cause your gums to change shape and become unhealthy?  If you take any medications for either of these ailments and you have noticed a change in the gums, give us a call right away so that we can evaluate.  We work closely with specialists in this matter and would like to get it taken care of.  We have seen many patients come in and complain of their gums looking unhealthy after starting a new medication.  Certain medications for seizures and blood pressure may lead to a condition known as gingival hyperplasia.  This can be controlled and dealt with if caught early enough.  If left untreated, this condition may lead to rampant decay and other issues.  If you have any questions, please come in and see us for a consultation.  We will take time to explain this process and what can be done to make sure that you have a healthy smile.



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