Medications and Poor Gum Health

June 29, 2017 — by Dr.Thomas Tang
Tags: General Dentistry Restorative Dentistry

Pills tumbling out of a medication bottleAt Brookfield Family Dentistry, Dr. Thomas Tang and his team provide their patients with all of the information they need to make informed decisions about their dental care and to keep their mouths clean and healthy between general dentistry appointments. Dr. Tang believes that the more patients know about their teeth and gums, the better prepared they will be to prevent oral health problems from occurring and to take swift, decisive action when they do occur.

It is particularly important to recognize and take action against gum disease in its earliest possible stages, when it is easiest to treat and unlikely to do any lasting damage. Gum disease is, by far, the most common disease among American adults, affecting roughly three-quarters of the population to one degree or another. It is also largely preventable. We can control many of the factors that put us at risk for gum disease, including certain foods we consume, whether we smoke, and the quality of our oral hygiene regimens.

There are other factors, however, that cannot be controlled so easily. For instance, many people take medications that are essential to their health, but which also increase their risk for gum disease. Dr. Tang discusses the relationship between these medications and poor gum health with such patients at our Brookfield, WI cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice. He wants these patients to know that, while they may have to be more vigilant in their periodontal care than other patients, they are not doomed to a life of gum disease. In fact, with proper oral hygiene, regular dental appointments, and a customized treatment plan, they can have healthy gums for a lifetime.

To find out how we can help you achieve and maintain optimal gum health, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Thomas Tang today.

Medications That Can Contribute to Poor Gum Health

It is important to note that the list of medications on this page is meant for educational purposes only. Do not alter your medications in any way based on this list. Consult with your physician if you are concerned that your medications may be affecting the health of your gums. He or she may be able to prescribe an alternative medication or lower the dosage of your current medication.

In some cases, the benefits of taking a certain medication outweigh the risk that medication poses to the gums. In such cases, Dr. Tang can work with you to create a treatment plan that will help you cope with the effects of the medication.

Medications that can contribute to poor gum health include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Antiepilepsy drugs
  • Antihistamines
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Cancer therapy drugs
  • Chewable antacids and other chewable medications, especially those that contain sugar
  • Corticosteroids
  • Decongestants
  • Oral contraceptives
  • OxyContin, Tramadol, and similar pain medications when taken for extended periods

Learn More about Medications and Poor Gum Health

To learn more about medications and poor gum health, please contact our cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice today.