You may wonder why we ask about your health history, including all medications you may be taking, when you visit Hawkins Dentistry. Some medications can have an adverse effect on your oral and dental health, so we want to be sure we help manage any concerns. As part of our commitment to sharing information with patients we will share suggestions on how to best manage some common medications.
While a vital part of some asthma management plans, the powder in some inhalers is acidic and can damage tooth enamel. This could lead to tooth decay over time if it isn’t balanced with good oral hygiene. To avoid tooth decay, rinse your mouth with water immediately after each use of the inhaler. Do not brush your teeth immediately after using the inhaler because the powder can soften tooth enamel. Allow 30 – 60 minutes before brushing.
Some medicines can affect your oral health because of their sugar content. Check the label of any medication for any hidden sugars, particularly if you will be taking the medication for a long period of time.
Saliva helps clean and protect your teeth – without saliva, tooth decay and other oral health problems can become more common. Some medications can reduce saliva production, leaving you with a dry mouth. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the effects of the medication on saliva and teeth. Older children and adults can try chewing sugar-free gum. It stimulates saliva flow and helps to protect teeth from decay.
Rinse your mouth with water immediately after taking medication, and brush with fluoride toothpaste one hour after taking medication.
Talk To Your Doctor
Please discuss any concerns you may have about your oral healthcare with their doctor. And let us know of all medications you take. We want to be your partner in your oral and dental healthcare.