Common Medications Can Have Effect on Oral Health

Many times before taking a medication , you may take it without even reading the possible side effects that it could have on your health. Below are some popular medications and the effects that they can have on your oral health. It is also important to let your dentist know about any medications you are taking. Doing so can be vital to your oral health, especially in an emergency.

Common Medications:


This medication is used to treat anxiety disorders and also for the short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety. The only effect that taking this drug will have on your oral health is Xerostomia. Xerostomia, also known as dry mouth, will result in your salivary flow being reduced. Once this medication is discontinued your normal salivary flow will start again.

Glipizide and Metformin

Normally, those with type 2 diabetes take these medications which are used as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glucose levels.  When taking these, there is an 8 to 10 percent chance of developing an upper respiratory tract infection. If you are taking these medications and plan to have dental work done, it is best to make your appointment in the morning to decrease the chance of stress-induced hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)


Zoloft is used for the treatment of major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, panic disorder and other anxiety disorders. The only effect that taking this medication has on dental treatment is Xerostomia. As previously mentioned, this causes dry mouth and after discontinuation the dry mouth will go away.


This medication is used for the treatment of seizures and panic disorders. When prescribed, this medication can cause gum soreness and result in a coated tongue. It also results in dry mouth.


Lisinopril is used by those who have high blood pressure and heart failure. Also is used for the treatment of acute myocardial infarctions. Taking this medication will cause orthostatic effects. Orthostatic is a type of hypertension that can cause you to feel dizzy or lightheaded.

If you have any questions about these medications or other types, please call Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry at (916) 649-0249

*This is intended as information only and should not replace regular visits with your medical professional. You should consult your own Sacramento Dentist and medical doctor if you are taking of any of these medications.


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