Oral Health Treatments: Medications and Your Smile

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Are you currently taking any medications for any ailments or issues arising within your body including issues with your oral health care? If so, it is important to remember that even medications can damage your smile due to various ailments and conditions that can arise from their use. Fortunately, an effective treatment plan can prevent any damage that may arise.

One common issue that tends to occur is known as dry mouth. Dry mouth results in a decrease in the amount of saliva within your mouth often leading to numerous oral health issues if left untreated. Cavities, gum disease, and issues breathing or chewing food can arise if dry mouth is allowed to continue. To prevent dry mouth, always speak with your dentist about any medications you are taking to determine if dry mouth may be a common side effect.

Another oral ailment that can occur from the use of medications is known as oral candidiasis also more commonly known as thrush. Typically, thrush only arises through inhaled medications, so it is important to treat them immediately. One effective prevention plan for thrush is to always rinse and clean out your mouth after every inhalation of any medication.

If you need any help with your oral health care or questions about any medications you may be taking, speak with your dentist. If you would like to speak with Dr. Marianne Morelli and our team about oral health care, please schedule an appointment at our dentist office of Brookfield Family Dentistry, LLC in Brookfield, Connecticut, by calling 203.775.6167. We will do our best to assist you in any way we can.