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Damaged Teeth And Swollen Gums, Side Effects Of Certain Medicines

Author : david goldschmi

The elderly man's front tooth had a large hole which was tooth decay the dentist had never before seen in his life. The man had heart medicine which he put under his upper lip because he had a bad experience when he put it under his tongue. They were the reason for why he had a hole in his tooth.

According to oral medicine specialists, dozens of the medicines which Americans take are actually sources of tooth decay and gum disease. Either doctors have no clue to these dental side effects or they don't let their patients know, say the specialists.

A dentist and pharmacologist at the University of Buffalo said they urged dentists to question patients about their general health and medications. He wants dentists to ask how these medicines affect their patients' dental health as they go through each medicine.

Oral medicine specialists say that the following are the top problematic drug side effects. Gum swelling is a side effect of calcium channel blockers which can be seen in about 20% of the patients who take them. Because of inflammation, the gums have openings for bacteria to cause swelling and gum disease. These medicines include some of the nation's biggest selling drugs.

Anti epilepsy drugs and amphetamines are the source of other swellings as well. A drug used by organ transplant recipients, cyclosporin can cause massive gum swelling. The gum inflammation of leukemia looks just like it, the dentist stated.

More than 400 drugs can cause a side effect known as dry mouth, which is apparent in radiation treatment patients. Essential to a healthy, saliva keeps cavities and plaque from forming, so lack of saliva may be a serious dental problem. The dentist would often advise the doctor to give a different heart medicine in place of calcium channel blockers because of the severity of the problem.

If it is impossible, the patients must see the dentist frequently and their plaque buildup must be monitored. Another dentist said the gum side effects could be avoided provided the mouth is kept clean. If no plaque can be found in the mouth, then there's nothing to worry about, he said.

The only clearly visible part of the front teeth of the Dilantin patient with swollen gums in the photograph he showed was the tips. He stated that a patient who is taking Dilantin is recommended to consult the dentist in 10 days so that the gum pockets where bacteria lurks could be treated. Prescription drugs are not the only sources of dental problems. Over the counter lozenges, cough drops and antacids are full of sugar.

Cavities kept on showing up inside the mouth of one woman. Dentists were confused by what they saw because they knew that the woman made tooth brushing a habit, and hardly ate sweets. Then his receptionist spotted the woman popping pills, and she acknowledged she sucked on three packs of the antacid a day.

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