One of the number one concerns in older adults is the effects of medications and dry mouth.
- How Medications Can Affect your Oral Health
- Effects of Medication on Mouth from Smiles for Life:
|Medication||Possible Negative Oral Effect|
|Phenytoin, Methotrexate, Calcium Channel Blockers||Gingival Hyperplasia (increase in gum tissue)|
|IV bisphosphonates||Osteonecrosis (bone starts to die or break down)|
|Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy||Stomatitis (swelling of mouth or lips) and mucositis|
|Steroids||Candidiasis (Thrush, yeast infection)|
|Nifedipine in Type 2 Diabetes||Periodontal Disease|
|Medications in syrups (sugar containing)||Dental Cavities|
|Progesterone, nitrates, beta and CCB||Dental erosions|
|Antihypertensives, antidepressants, antihistamines, diuretics||Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)|
- Dry Mouth: Learn the facts behind dry mouth, treatments, and why it increases risk for dental decay
- Common Concerns for Aging Populations: Dry Mouth, Oral Cancer, Pre-medicating before appointments, Caregivers
- Denture or Appliance Care: Learn how to properly care for your denture
- Osteoporosis and Dental Health: May increase risk of tooth loss or create changes in how your denture/partials fit.
- Pneumonia and Oral Health Care: Proper oral hygiene may decrease risk of pneumonia in hospitalized or bedridden patients.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis and Oral Health: Studies have shown an increased risk of periodontal disease with patients who suffer from RA