Gum disease, cavities, tooth decay – these are all unwanted aspects of oral health, yet they are common results for those taking many medications for health conditions and diseases. We have all seen the list of side effects that comes with our medications, but how often do we take the time to read it? If we did, we would be aware of the fact that there are serious complications that can occur to the teeth and mouth. It is always important to tell your dentist of any medication that you are taking so precautions can be taken to prevent serious oral health issues. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is dedicated as a compassionate dental expert who takes all areas of his patients’ health into consideration.
Dry mouth is one of the most common oral health side effects of over 600 medications prescribed in the United States. While dry mouth may seem like no more than a nuisance requiring you to feel as though your thirst is never quenched, it can actually have a negative, long-term effect on the teeth. Saliva is a critical component for the mouth to function as it should. While it may seem strange to call spit a necessity, it actually is. Saliva removes food particles from the teeth, it helps to balance the pH level of the mouth, and it has antibacterial properties that fight against the bacteria that form on the teeth. For people who suffer from dry mouth, the lack of saliva production can quickly lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Wayne Suway can help you find a solution to your dry mouth so that your teeth remain healthy.
Medications are designed to treat certain conditions, yet they can bring about others that are unwanted. Finding the balance between medicines that work and ones that do harm can be a daunting task. Let the team at the dental practice of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD help you find a solution that works. We are dedicated to our patients’ complete health and we look forward to serving you.