Did you know that medications you take can affect your oral health? It is true! This is why it is so important to share with your dentist what medications you are on, especially before a dental procedure. Even oral contraceptives can make a difference to the health of your teeth and gums. Here is some more information on what to watch out for if you are on the pill.
How Can the Pill Affect Oral Health?
Oral contraceptives contain hormones, which can have an effect on every part of the body (you may have noticed that you’ve had changes in weight or in your mood since starting on the pill). These hormones can make the gums sensitive, which can lead them to easily become inflamed and even bleed. Birth control pills can also reduce natural estrogen levels, which can increase inflammation in the joints – this can lead to pain and problems in the jaw joint.
You should also know that if you have a tooth removed while you are on oral contraceptives, you have a higher risk of dry socket, a condition in which the blood clot that forms after an extraction becomes dislodged. (And, as an important side note, if you are prescribed an antibiotic after a dental procedure, it may change how effective your oral contraceptives are.)
The risks that can come with starting a new medication are just one reason why you should visit your dentist at least twice a year – your dentist should always be kept up to date about any changes in your overall health, in case your oral health may be affected. And taking good care of your teeth is always a good idea to help them stay healthy! Brush thoroughly twice a day, floss at least once a day, and contact your dentist’s office right away if you are in pain or notice a problem.
Medications you take can affect the health of your teeth – that’s why it’s important to share information on any new drugs you are taking with your dentist. If you are having problems or just need an exam, contact the office of Samuel Jirik, DDS, Implant, Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Cabot, Arkansas. Call (501) 843-9561 today!