Category Archives: Periodontal disease

Warning:Prescription Drugs and Dental Health

We recently had a situation that made me want to put out some general information on this blog. If you happen to be on medications to treat high blood pressure, angina, arrhythmia, or migraines, you need to be aware that they are the calcium-channel blockers and beta blockers. This will very likely increase your risk for gingival hyperplasia, or gum enlargement.  Unfortunately, this makes you more prone to periodontal disease, which if left untreated can lead to tooth loss.

Some of the symptoms include swelling of the gums and bleeding.  In some of the more difficult cases gingival reduction surgery may be necessary.

To help fight these issues we recommend brushing three times a day instead of two, making sure you floss daily. I would also let your dentist know what medications you are taking. He may recommend having your teeth cleaned more often than every six months.

Hopefully, when you and your dentist work together, serious issues can be prevented.

This blog is brought to you by Boston Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Randall Burba.