Understanding the Link Between Medications and Oral Health

23 Aug

Many people are unaware that their prescription medications affect their oral health. Dry mouth is a common side effect of medications that control high blood pressure, treat incontinence, or help patients with Parkinson’s disease. Anti-depressants, antihistamines, and muscle relaxers also cause dry mouth. When visiting a dentist like Richard Petrilli, DMD, PA, it is important for the patient to bring a list of all current medications.

With dry mouth, the lack of saliva causes tissue to dry out and become inflamed. This puts the patient at a higher risk of developing an infection. Liquid suspensions often contain sugars that increases the risk of tooth decay. Frequently rinsing the mouth helps reduce the risk, but it is imperative to see a dentist twice a year.

Richard Petrilli, DMD, PA, serves patients in the central Florida region. His practice covers both cosmetic and general dentistry procedures.


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