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Medications That Can Affect Your Oral Health | 60108 Orthodontics

Navigating medications while undergoing orthodontic treatment requires extra attention to your oral health. At Blooming Braces in Bloomingdale, we understand the importance of maintaining a healthy smile, especially when medications are involved. Here’s how common medications and supplements can impact your oral health:

Gum Tissue Enlargement

Certain medications, such as anticonvulsants, immunosuppressants, and calcium channel blockers, may cause overgrowth or enlargement of gum tissue. This condition requires diligent oral hygiene practices to prevent inflammation and maintain gum health.

Dry Mouth

Medications like antidepressants, muscle relaxants, diuretics, and antihistamines can reduce saliva production, leading to dry mouth. Without adequate saliva, your mouth becomes more susceptible to inflammation, infection, and tooth decay. Proper hydration and frequent water intake can help alleviate dry mouth symptoms.

Abnormal Bleeding

Blood-thinning medications increase the risk of excessive bleeding during periodontal treatment. Inform our orthodontist if you’re taking blood-thinning medication or supplements to ensure safe and effective orthodontic care.

Soft Tissue Reactions

Inflammation, oral sores, or soft tissue discoloration may occur as a side effect of certain medications, including acne treatments, oral contraceptives, chemotherapy drugs, and blood pressure medications. Our orthodontist can recommend specialized oral hygiene practices to alleviate the discomfort caused by these reactions.

Fungal Infection

Patients using oral inhalers for asthma and breathing conditions are at risk of oral candidiasis, a fungal infection. Rinsing the mouth thoroughly with water after inhaler use can help prevent this infection. Additionally, antibiotics, steroids, and chemotherapy drugs may also increase the risk of oral yeast infections.

Tooth Decay

Many medications, especially children’s medications, contain sugar to enhance flavor. Prolonged exposure to sugary liquids, chewables, and lozenges can contribute to tooth decay, particularly when wearing braces. Opt for sugar-free medications whenever possible or rinse your mouth after taking sweetened medicines to minimize the risk of decay.

At Blooming Braces, our priority is your oral health and comfort throughout your orthodontic journey. If you have concerns about how medications may affect your braces treatment, don’t hesitate to reach out to our orthodontist for personalized advice and guidance. We’re here to ensure your smile stays healthy and vibrant.

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Phone: (630) 924-0800
125 S Bloomingdale Rd
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

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