Good Medicines May Lead To Bad Teeth!

Many medications that we use, even those sold over the counter (without prescriptions) can be a source of serious oral or dental problems. Some  medications cause a decrease in Saliva, while others lead to excessive growth of gum tissue (Gingival hyperplasia). These conditions allow bacteria to grow around teeth, and thereby produce cavities. Excessive gum tissue is also harder to keep clean, and can even become a cosmetic problem.
Some examples of potentially harmful medications are;

  • Certain Blood Pressure pills (ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are concerned about yours)
  • Some drugs for control of seizures (convulsions)
  • Antacids
  • Cough drops (sugar)
  • Chewable Vitamin C tablets (increases acidity)

For further information about Dental Health, please visit the MedicineNet.com Dental Cavities Center.

The American Dental Association also offers important online information about dental health.


Last Editorial Review: 10/23/2002




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