Medication’s impact to periodontal health

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If you have been diagnosed with heart disease or high blood pressure, your physician my have prescribed a number of different medications, some of which may affect your periodontal health or put your at risk for periodontal disease.

Some commonly prescribed medications can cause dry mouth, increased plaque or enlarged gum tissue. These conditions frequently promote bacterial infections under the gum line, causing bleeding gums and bad breath.

Please discuss any medications you are taking with your periodontist to find out what affects, if any, they are having on your periodontal health.

Your periodontist will work with you and your physician to minimise negative effects. Often times just good oral hygiene and more frequent dental care is all you need to keep you smiling!