Almost all medications have side effects and sometimes these can impact your oral health. For example, there are more than 400 over-the-counter and prescription medications that can cause dry mouth as a side effect. The more common ones are antidepressants, antihistamines, and diuretics. Staining of the teeth is another common side effect of some medications including tranquilizers, oral contraceptives, and anti-malarials. Drugs commonly used to treat chest pain and heart conditions can also lead to gingivitis. It is important to discuss any concerns about your medication with both your doctor and your dentist. Careful monitoring can help minimize any side effects’ impact on your oral health.
Oral irrigators, or water picks, are becoming more common as a way to clean the spaces in between teeth. A water pick is a hand held device that works by gently aiming a stream of water at your teeth. This water cleans food particles from the surface of your teeth. Water picks have been shown to decrease gum bleeding and improve gum health. People with braces or bridges, who can sometimes have trouble using dental floss, can benefit from using a water pick. But should you replace your dental floss with a water pick? Researchers say not so fast. While water picks can be a great addition to you oral care routine, daily brushing and flossing is the best defense against oral health problems like gingivitis and plaque and tartar build up.
Dental implants are an effective way to replace missing teeth. A titanium post is placed in the bone under the gums and acts as a root to hold the tooth in place. Mini implants are smaller than regular dental implants and are used to hold removable dentures or a temporary tooth. Mini implants can be a great option for people whose jawbones are not large enough for regular implants. Because they are smaller, mini implants usually heal faster and require fewer dental visits. The mini implant can be placed in as little as two hours and regular eating can usually begin the same day. With mini implants, you will be able to bite, chew and speak normally. Ask your dentist if he thinks mini implants could be right for you.