Are Your Child’s Medications Impacting Their Oral Health? | Kids Dentist Jefferson

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At Sweet Maple Pediatric Dentistry, we understand how important it is to monitor your child’s overall health, including the impact of medications on their oral well-being. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 5 children are on prescription medications, and more than half take vitamins or other dietary supplements. Even with proper use and medical supervision, medications can have side effects that affect your child’s oral health. Always inform our team if your child is taking any medications or supplements, especially if there have been changes since their last visit.

Here are some common side effects of medications that can impact your child’s oral health:

Abnormal Bleeding Certain medications can thin the blood and reduce its clotting ability. This can lead to excessive bleeding during treatments for periodontal disease or oral surgery. It’s crucial for us to know if your child is on any medications or supplements before scheduling treatments that might involve bleeding.

Dry Mouth Many medications can reduce saliva production. A lack of saliva can make your child’s mouth more prone to inflammation, infection, and tooth decay. Adequate saliva is essential for maintaining oral health.

Fungal Infection Oral Candidiasis, a fungal infection, can develop in children who use oral inhalers for asthma and other breathing conditions. We recommend that patients rinse their mouths thoroughly with water after using their inhalers to prevent this infection.

Gum Tissue Enlargement Some medications can cause the overgrowth or enlargement of gum tissue. This condition requires special attention to oral hygiene to prevent inflammation and decay.

Soft Tissue Reactions Medications can sometimes cause inflammation, oral sores, or discoloration of the soft tissues. If your child experiences these reactions, we may prescribe a special oral hygiene regimen to alleviate their discomfort.

Tooth Decay While not a direct side effect, many medications, especially in liquid, chewable, or lozenge forms, contain sugar to improve flavor. Prolonged use of these sugary medications can increase the risk of tooth decay. Opt for sugar-free versions when possible, have your child take them with meals, or ensure they rinse their mouth afterward.

If your child is experiencing any of these side effects or if you have concerns about any medications your child is taking, contact Sweet Maple Pediatric Dentistry. Our experienced pediatric dentist in Jefferson is here to ensure your child’s oral health remains in excellent condition despite the challenges that medications might pose.

Sweet Maple Pediatric Dentistry
Phone: 770-762-7673
1363 Old Pendergrass Road, Suite 1110
Jefferson, GA 30549

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Pediatric Dentist Jefferson

1363 Old Pendergrass Road, Suite 1110

Jefferson, GA 30549

Fax: (770) 766-7193

Monday: 7:30am - 5pm
Tuesday: 7:30am - 5pm
Wednesday: 7:30am - 5pm
Thursday: 7:30am - 5pm
Friday : 7:30am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed