Many medications, including vitamins, minerals, and herbs, can have a negative effect on your oral health. The possible side effects of some common medications include:
Abnormal Bleeding: Aspirins and anicoagulants (heparin or warfarin)--can cause bleeding problems during oral surgery or treatment for periodontal disease.
Taste-altering: Cardiovascular agents, central nervous system stimulants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, respiratory inhalants, and smoking cessation products--can cause a bitter or metallic taste or affect the ability to taste.
Oral Soft Tissue Reactions: Blood pressure medication, immunosuppressive agents, oral contraceptives--linked to the develpment or oral sores, inflammation, or discolloration of the soft tissues in the mouth.
Enlarged Gum Tissue: Antiseizure medications, immunosuppressant drugs such as those taken after organ transplants, and calcium channel blockers can cause the gum tissue to overgrow and become inflamed.
Dry Mouth: Antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, blood pressure medications, muscle relaxants, drugs for incontinence, Parkinson's disease and antidepressants--can cause irritation of the soft tissues in the mouth, which can make them inflamed and more susceptible to infection.
Fungal Infection: Oral inhalers for asthma--often cause oral candidiasis, a fungal infection in the mouth.
If you're suffering from a side effect, give the professionals at Hornseth & Curless a call today!