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Did you know that there are some serious side-effects from medications that can impact your oral health? Be sure to tell your dentist what medications you take to offset the effects they cause.

Dry Mouth – Many common medications prescribed to treat colds, allergies, anxiety, depression, and high blood pressure have dry mouth as a side effect. Estimates by the National Institutes of Health report that there are over 400 medications that cause dry mouth in patients.

Easy Bleeding and Bruising – If you are using any of the following medications or herbal supplements, know that they make bleeding and bruising more likely because they thin the blood: Aspirin, ibuprofen, coumadin, pradaxa, plavix, garlic, ginkgo biloba, ginger, ginseng.

Trouble With Tasting – There are many medications that cause changes in the way your taste buds relay what foods and drink taste like. You may think foods taste bland or have an unpleasant aftertaste.

Ulcers and Mouth Sores – Some drugs can cause sores to appear in the mouth and tongue. This can make eating and wearing of dental appliances difficult.

Interactions – Inform your dentist of any medicines you are taking whether prescribed, over-the-counter, or herbal. Speak openly to your dental team so that they can help you make informed decisions and protect your oral and body health.

If you would like to talk to someone about your medications and how they affect your oral health, call Dr. Dilip Dudhat and our helpful team at American Dental Associates. Give us a call at 215-331-1330, or come by our office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.