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We all know most medications come with several side effects. However, did you know that many of these side effects put your oral health at risk? Well, it’s true! Having a healthy routine of caring for your smile is important to keep up at all times, especially when you are on medications. That is why our team here at Cardwell Family Dentistry in Sylva, North Carolina, is happy to talk to you about medications and the risk they can pose on your smile.

One of the many common side effects of medications includes dry mouth. Here is an interesting fact: Did you know, saliva helps keep food particles from settling around your teeth and gum line, which produces plaque? The saliva washes the food particles away, which is why when dry mouth occurs, you are more vulnerable to plaque and tooth decay.

There are also cancer treatments that can also damage your beautiful smile. If you are undergoing cancer treatment, don’t forget to talk to your dentist and tell them what medications you are taking. Your dentist, Dr. Laurin Cardwell, cares for you and your health. So, make sure you talk to your dentist to help your smile stay in healthy condition.

Remember to keep the lines of communication open with your dentist about your health. One thing many people do not realize is how studies have shown that oral health has been linked to your overall health, which is why we want to help your smile during any treatments that cause you to be on medications.

If you would like to learn more about your oral health, please call us today at 828-631-3567 to set up an appointment. Our friendly team is happy to talk to you about any oral health care needs you may have.