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)
- Cough drops (sugar)
- Chewable Vitamin C tablets (increases acidity)
The American Dental Association also offers important online information about dental health.