WWAY3 News Video: Medications and Dental Health

According to the Mayo Clinic there are hundreds of medications that have the potential to cause dry mouth including commonly used medications like those for high blood pressure, anti-depressants and allergy medication.

Learn more in this edition of WWAY3 News' Dental Minute featuring Wilmington Dentist Dr. Marechal.


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Introduction: Dr. Defee and Dr. Marechal are leaders in the Port City Dental Community, they join us today on Dental Minute.

Title: Medications and Dry Mouth.

What medications affect dental health?

According to the Mayo Clinic there are hundreds of medications that have the potential to cause dry mouth including commonly used medications like those for high blood pressure, anti-depressants and allergy medications.

Dry mouth is when you have a lack of saliva in your mouth.  A lack of saliva can result in a constant sore throat, a burning sensation in your mouth, trouble speak and difficulty swallowing. If you have dry mouth here a few tips to keep your mouth healthy:

The first thing you should do is sip on water throughout the day.

It’s important that this is water and not soda, or sweet tea, or any type of energy drink. Just take a sip of water every 5 minutes or so.

The second you can do is to use sugar free candies. You can also try artificial salivas like Biotene or MighTeaflow® to help keep your teeth and gums lubricated.

Lastly, make sure you are visiting your dentist regularly, this will help address any issues right at the beginning to prevent further complications down the road.

Other medications like asthma medications can result in a fungle infection known as thrush. This can appear as a white film or coating on your tongues or cheeks and it can cause a burning sensation or it may leave a bad taste in your mouth.

To help avoid a thrust infection, just try to rinse your mouth out after using your inhaler.

These are us a few examples of medications that can cause oral health problems. Be sure to talk to your dentist about all medications you are taking.