Dental Problems Queen Creek AZ

 

#smilewithconfidence There are quite a few medications, both prescription and over the counter that can affect your oral health.  One of the main side effects of medications is dry mouth. 

Dental Problems Queen Creek AZ  Saliva helps keep the food you eat from collecting around your teeth.  It also neutralizes the acids that are produced by plaque.  The acids cause damage to the outer layer of the teeth.  When you have a constant dry mouth, it increases your risk for tooth decay. 

The soft tissue of your mouth (gums, cheek lining, tongue) can also be affected by medications.  For example, if someone has breathing problems and uses and inhaler.  When you inhale a medication through your mouth it can cause a fungal infection called oral candidiasis, also known as thrush.#martindental This infection will appear as white spots in the mouth and can be very painful.  If you rinse your mouth after using an inhaler it may help prevent this type of infection. 

Having cancer treatments can also affect your oral health.  If possible, see your dentist before you begin any treatment.  They can ensure your mouth is healthy and may be able to prescribe treatments for you to help maintain good oral health during your cancer treatments.  While rare, serious jaw problems can occur in people who have received bone strengthening drugs to treat cancer. Dental Problems Queen Creek AZ

While these were just a few example of what medication can do to your oral health, it is important to always let your dentist know what medications you are taking.  This will help provide the best dental care. 

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