Are Your Medications Causing Tooth Decay?

Medication that cause tooth decay
April 29, 2020
by FastNewSmile®

One of the last things that we consider when taking medicines is how it can harm the body aside from healing whatever ailment we’re taking it for.

Did you know that one of the most common causes of poor oral health is medication? Unfortunately, several over the counter and prescribed medicines can have some pretty adverse effects that can result in tooth decay in the long-term.

Here are some of the side effects in medications that lead to dental problems and which pills you should take in moderation if possible.

Pain Medication and More Could Lead to Early Dental Implants

Dry mouth occurs when people take medicines like pain killers or even standard relievers like aspirin. Dry mouth stops saliva from flowing through the mouth and protecting your teeth. Not only does the dryness affect your salivary glands, but it also inflames your gums. All of this combined creates the perfect storm for bacteria to form and eventually cause tooth decay without proper oral care. Therefore, pain medication could lead to early dental implants.

Daily prescriptions can also lead to unexpected dry mouth and eventual dental implants because of tooth decay. These medications include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Asthma medication
  • Antihistamines
  • Blood pressure medication
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Medicated syrups

Antacids Both Help and Hurt Your Mouth

Acid reflux can eventually lead to tooth erosion, so it’s no surprise that people suffering from this issue consistently take OTC antacids. While these medications do help prevent tooth decay from natural acids, they usually contain a higher amount of sugar for pleasant flavoring.

The biggest culprit in the antacid family is the popular chewable selection. These chalky tablets run the possibility of not being effectively chewed and could get stuck in between your teeth. This leads to the sugars festering and results in cavities.

Medication can Cause Gum Disease

Some medications that help big problems like epilepsy can result in gum issues like ‘gingival hyperplasia,’ or gum flesh growing over the teeth. Even patients who must manage chronic pain through prescribed medicines are at-risk for periodontal disease. Not only do strong opioids cause dry mouth, but they also erode tooth enamel, causing unsightly discoloration and an increased chance of tooth decay.

Have a Dental Emergency? FastNewSmile® can Help!

During the global pandemic, many dentists’ offices are closed for the time being. However, dental emergencies never take a break. At FastNewSmile® Dental Implant Center, we’ve added dental emergency services to our roster, for patients to take advantage of during a true dental emergency. If your medications have resulted in oral bleeding or excruciating tooth pain, we are always here to help you! Contact us to find out if you qualify for this current service.