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Prescription Drugs and Your Teeth


It’s important to be aware of how prescriptions and over-the counter-drugs may affect your oral health. For example:

  • Asthma inhalers that are high in acid can dissolve tooth enamel when used frequently

  • Cough syrups that have a high sugar content may result in tooth decay

  • Antihistamines may cause dry mouth

  • Aspirins, blood thinners and some herbal remedies may affect the ability of the blood to clot normally

The following medications may cause damage to your gums:

  • oral contraceptives

  • immunosuppressive drugs

  • chemotherapy drugs

  • anti-hypertensives

  • antihistamines

Talk to your dentist about how the prescription drugs you are taking might affect your oral health.

Information as per the ODA

Braganza Periodontics

Peterborough Periodontists

360 George Street N. Suite 301

Peterborough, Ontario

K9H 7E7, CANADA

Tel: 705-741-1885

braganzaperiodontics@gmail.com

1119 Clonsilla Avenue,

Peterborough, Ontario

K9J 5Y6, CANADA

braganzaperiodontics@gmail.com

Tel: 705-741-1885
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