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If you’ve ever seen drug commercials on television, you’re aware of the many serious “potential” side-effects that can come from medications. This is the reason why you should always alert your dentist to whatever medication you are taking, because they can have an impact on your oral health.

Dry Mouth – There are over 400 common medications prescribed to treat colds, allergies, anxiety, depression, and high blood pressure that have dry mouth as a side effect. Many of them dehydrate the body which in turn reduces saliva production. Your saliva is a strong fighter in the war against tooth decay because it removes food particles, acids, and sugars out of the mouth.

Easy Bruising and Bleeding – If you are using any of the following medications or herbal supplements, know that they make bleeding and bruising more likely because they thin the blood: Aspirin, ibuprofen, coumadin, pradaxa, plavix, garlic, ginkgo biloba, ginger, ginseng.

Tasting Perception Problems – Your taste buds can be affected by medications, or more correctly, the way that your brain perceives taste. There are many medications that cause you to think foods taste bland or have an unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouth Sores/Ulcers – Some drugs can cause sores to appear in the mouth and tongue due to allergic reaction. This can make eating and wearing of dental appliances difficult.

Interactions – Many medications can interact dangerously with sedatives and anesthesia given at dental offices. Tell your dentist about any of these before undergoing any major procedure.

If you would like to talk to someone about your medications and how it affects your oral health, call Dr. Mandy Nicacio and our helpful team at Hermiston Dental Group. Phone: 541-567-4143, or come by our office in Hermiston, Oregon.