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Which Medications Typically Contribute to Dental Problems?

Posted on 7/20/2019 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Which Medications Typically Contribute to Dental Problems?Your medication aims to make you feel better, but unfortunately, some have unpleasant side effects. A few of these side effects may be related to your mouth and could lead to dental problems. These are some of the medication classes that serve as major culprits.


Certain antidepressants have been associated with bone health issues. When your bone health is put in jeopardy, your risk of issues like gum disease, bad breath, tooth decay, implant failure, and oral yeast infections will increase.

Allergy Medications

Antihistamines can inhibit the production of saliva, which may lead to dry mouth. When your mouth doesn't have an adequate amount of saliva, it cannot adequately wash away bacteria. The result is bad breath and an increased risk of tooth decay.


If you suffer from acid reflux, you need treatment in the form of antacids. Tooth-damaging acid can wear away at your enamel, but when you use chewable, liquid, or dissolvable antacids, you may further contribute to decay. An antacid that you swallow is a better option, as it won't get stuck in between your teeth.

Blood Pressure

There are many different types of blood pressure medications, and almost all of them list dry mouth as a potential side effect. These medications can also lead to gum swelling, so it can be harder to clean around the teeth and gum line.

Pain Killers

If you are being treated for a chronic pain condition with a prescription pain killer, you may be at an increased risk for gum disease. Even aspirin can lead to bleeding gums, which gives bacteria an entry point into the soft tissue. Opioids also cause dry mouth and can lead to tooth erosion.

We want to know about any medications that you are taking at your next dental appointment. Call us today to get on the schedule for your cleaning and checkup.

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