Are you taking prescription medication for hypertension? If you’ve looked at the accompanying literature when you pick it up from the pharmacy, you know that there’s no shortage of potential side effects that may come with it. While many are very unlikely, there’s one that stands out (and that may negatively impact your smile health). Known clinically as xerostomia, it’s more commonly known as dry mouth. Have questions? We thought so! We are happy to answer them.
Questions and Answers
Question: If I’m on medication from high blood pressure, does it definitely mean I’ll end up with dry mouth and that my smile health will suffer?
Answer: No. Side effects are listed as the result of research from a pool of individuals who have experienced different responses. You may or may not experience those listed on the literature for your particular medication.
Question: If I do experience dry mouth, what does it mean for my smile health? Is it the medication or is the high blood pressure that’s causing the problem?
Answer: It’s not the disorder itself but the drug you are taking that is causing your dry oral tissues. The depletion of saliva flow means that you’re headed toward dryness, bacterial accumulation, and a lower pH, which translate into an increased chance of decay and gingivitis.
Question: What should I do if I think this is affecting me?
Answer: To protect your smile health, talk with your doctor and talk with our practice. You can learn more about your options with your doctor, while we offer any necessary treatments and guidance regarding keeping your smile moist and healthy.
Don’t Let Medication Side Effects Cause Damage
Managing your high blood pressure doesn’t need to come with unavoidable oral health side effects. Learn more by scheduling a visit in Prairie Village, KS by calling Robert M Browne, DDS at (913) 901-8585.