Oral health is an important part of your overall health. People with poor dental hygiene are at risk for heart disease, gum disease, and oral cancers. During your regular dental checkup, your dentist will screen you for oral cancers.
Often, other conditions and disorders can have an impact on your oral health too. Eating and digestive disorders often lead to higher levels of stomach acids that can decay teeth at faster rates.
It is important to talk to your dentist about your medical history and any medications you are taking. These can affect your dental health.
Effects of Medication on Oral Health
Dry mouth is one of the most common side effects of medications, including:
- Allergy relievers.
- Cold and flu medicine.
- Pain killers.
Dry mouth happens when there is not enough saliva being produced. If left untreated, a lack of saliva decays teeth at a faster rate.
Visit CDC.gov to learn more about maintaining oral health.