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Before you take any medications (whether they are over-the-counter or prescribed) or participate in any dental procedures, it’s important that you, your dentist and your doctor are aware of how your medicine can affect your oral health. Common medication side effects consist of:

Bleeding: Aspirin and anticoagulants can reduce blood clotting. While this can be good for anyone who is at a high risk of a stroke or heart disease, it can cause bleeding issues during or after oral surgery or when treating gum disease.

Soft-Tissue Side Effects: Some medications prescribed for blood pressure, immunosuppressants, contraceptives and chemotherapeutic pills may cause oral sores, inflammation or discoloration in the soft tissues in your mouth.

Enlarged Gums: Some antiseizure medications, immunosuppressants, and calcium channel blockers can create what is called “gingival overgrowth”, or overgrown gum tissue.

Dry Mouth: Dry mouth is a side effect of a wide variety of medications, both prescribed and over the counter, including antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, drugs for incontinence, high blood pressure medication, muscle relaxers, antidepressants Parkinson’s Disease medications, and others.

If you believe your medication may be causing some oral side effects, read the labels carefully and talk it over with your doctor. Make sure that Dr. Barry Malkiel and our staff have a full and up-to-date record of your medical history. If you are about to have oral surgery or a special dental procedure, call Barry E. Malkiel, DDS before you take any over the counter or prescription medicine. You can reach as at our office in Lawrenceville, Georgia at 770-995-9255.