Every now and then, most of us have to take over-the-counter or prescription medications. What happens when you have to take them on a daily basis? Many medications have unfortunate side effects that affect your oral health. When this occurs, it’s important to understand the warning signs and seek treatment as soon as possible from a periodontist such as Dr. Mone in Braintree, MA.

Common Signs of Medication-Related Oral Issues

After starting your medication, you may begin to notice some troubling symptoms, including:

·         Dry mouth. This is one of the most common complaints among periodontal patients who go on certain medications, such as: decongestants, painkillers, antacids, antidepressants and antihistamines. Dry mouth leaves the teeth at risk of decay because saliva isn’t available to wash away bacteria. Those who have dry mouth are often prescribed special toothpastes, mouthwashes and other products to increase saliva production or provide moisture in lieu of saliva production reduction.

·         Weird flavors. We’ve all had the experience of taking a bite of food, only to discover it doesn’t taste right - some medications make this an everyday occurrence. If you’ve been feeling like foods haven’t tasted the same since you began a certain medicine, you may be right. Discuss this sensation with your physician to determine how to best address the situation.

·         Soft tissue tenderness. After taking oral contraceptives, blood pressure medications, chemotherapy treatment medicines and other pharmaceuticals, individuals often get bouts of soft tissue tenderness. What does this have to do with your oral health? The gums are soft tissues, and can become inflamed, sore and painful. This often goes away with time, but should be monitored. Gums that aren’t at their healthiest can’t protect the teeth and bone the way they should.

Occasional oral problems related to medications aren’t big concerns, but long-term issues should always be approached with the help of a periodontist. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Mone today to get the help you need.