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4 Types of Medications that Can Affect Your Oral Health

Our oral health and the medications we put in our bodies are closely connected.

Many people don’t realize that the medications they routinely take can affect (and in many cases worsen) their oral health. In particular, there are four types of medications commonly used to get us through the day that can that can have an adverse effect on your oral health:

Clearly, these four types of medications are widely used. Whether you chronically use antidepressants or simply take a Benadryl or Tylenol to help manage occasional discomfort, most of us end up using these medications at one time or another.

But what can they do to our oral health?

Medication and Oral Health

As it turns out, these types of medications can have a significant impact on your oral health.

If you regularly take any of the above types of medications, keep an eye out for the following symptoms:

Medication Means Guaranteed Dental Problems, Right?

So, if you regularly take antidepressants, diuretics, antihistamines, or painkillers, does it mean that you’re guaranteed to experience the above symptoms?

No. Many people take these medications without a problem and have no trouble keeping up with their oral hygiene. However, each medication can increase the risk that you’ll see one or more of the above symptoms.

If you’re concerned about your oral health, the first thing you should do is perform a self-assessment to see what symptoms you may have, or what changes may have recently occurred. The oral environment is slow to change, meaning that if you be aware of the issues and keep a close watch on your own health, you’ll have nothing to fear from taking these medications.

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