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Medications that Can Cause Damage to Teeth and Gums and Increase the Risk for Developing Periodontitis

Posted on 10/24/2022 by Dr. Bembey and Dr. Yokoyama
Medications that Can Cause Damage to Teeth and Gums and Increase the Risk for Developing PeriodontitisDo you take medication regularly? If so, it's essential to be aware of the potential risks that certain medications can have on your teeth and gums. This guide will discuss 24 groups of medications that can cause gum disease and increase your risk of developing periodontitis. So if you're concerned about the health of your teeth and gums, be sure to read on!


Over-the-counter antacids are taken to relieve heartburn, indigestion, and other stomach discomfort caused by excess acid. These medications can contain high levels of sugar and calories. The sugary residue left on teeth after taking antacids can lead to tooth decay. Some common brands of antacids include Tums, Rolaids, and Mylanta. You may experience a dry mouth as a side effect of taking antacids. A dry mouth can increase plaque and bacteria, which can cause gum diseases like periodontitis.


Painkillers can often manage chronic pain like that caused by arthritis and migraines. But, these drugs come with a risk to your oral health. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) painkillers are especially dangerous to teeth and gums. These include ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve). NSAIDs can cause gingival (gum) bleeding and swelling. They can also lead to mouth ulcers. Opiates are another type of painkiller that can be detrimental to oral health. These drugs work by numbing the body to pain signals. Opiates include oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and codeine.

Medicines for Blood Pressure

Periodontitis is an infection that destroys the soft tissue and bone supporting your teeth. Blood pressure tablets known as calcium channel blockers can cause or worsen periodontitis. These include nifedipine, diltiazem and verapamil. If you take these medications, ensure to tell your dentist so they can monitor your gum health closely.

Our clinic has expert dentists who can help you with any dental concerns that you may have. If you are under any medications that may be causing damage to your teeth and gums, ensure to take advice from experts today.

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