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Tell Your Dentist Which Prescription Meds You Are Taking

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It’s standard practice for healthcare providers to find out which medications their patients are taking. At The Hills Dental Spa in Austin TX our patients sometimes wonder why we ask them about prescription medications before their dental process.

Here’s why:

Some medications—prescription or over-the-counter—can affect oral health or dental treatment.

Bleeding Issues

Heparin/warfarin and other anticoagulants can bring about abnormal bleeding, because they affect your ability to clot. If you undergo oral surgery, it’s critical for your dentist to know if you are taking these prescription medications.

Metallic Taste

Some cardiovascular agents, central nervous system stimulants, respiratory inhalants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, and smoke deterrent drugs have been known to a metallic or bitter taste in your mouth. This doesn’t necessarily affect dental treatment, but overdoing sugary breath mints increases your risk of tooth decay.

Abnormal Gums

Do you feel as though your gums are significantly bigger in proportion to your teeth?

Enlarged gum tissue (in dental speak ‘gingival hyperplasia’) is an overgrowth of the gum tissue around your teeth. Gingival hyperplasia can make your gums appear more prominent than your teeth. It can be caused by poor oral hygiene or prescription medications. These include antiseizure drugs, calcium channel blockers (nifedipine, verapamil, and diltiazem), or immunosuppressants. If you are taking these drugs, make certain you are paying close attention to your teeth and gum care.

Dry Mouth

Over 400 drugs can trigger or exacerbate dry mouth. This long list includes, but is not limited to; antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, high blood pressure medicines, and muscle relaxers.

Chronic dry mouth can increase the risk of tooth decay. Saliva contains minerals that help enamel stay strong. Saliva also plays a role in controlling plaque.

When you come into The Hills Dental Spa in Austin TX, be prepared to let us know which prescription meds you are taking along with the dosage. This helps us provide the best care possible. Patients from Westlake, Lakeway, and Bee Cave come to us for healthy smiles, and to improve their with cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today!

 

Contact The Hills Dental Spa:

512-347-0044

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6836 Bee Cave Road, Building 1 Suite 300
Austin, Texas
78746

 

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“Dr. Kevin Winters and his team at The Hills Dental Spa in Austin, TX truly provide a spa-like experience for their patients. They offer TMJ treatment, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, general dentistry and so much more. They serve patients in and around the Austin, Texas area including the communities of Westlake, Bee Cave, Lakeway, and Cedar Park, TX and zip codes 78703, 78704, 78734, 78735, and 78746.”

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