Oral Contraceptives and Tooth Care

istock 1209189181 1 It seems a bit odd that when you visit your dentist he or she asks if you are on any medication. What difference could this make for the health of your teeth? However, there is a reason why it is important for you to share this information, because some medications can cause changes that affect your oral health. For example, if you are on oral contraceptives, you should let your dentist know, even if you are coming in for a cosmetic dentistry procedure.

How can the pill affect oral health?

Hormones can have an effect on every part of the body – and this includes the mouth. They can cause gum tissue to become inflamed and make gums bleed (a sign of gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease), which can affect the health of your teeth.

Of course, certain oral contraceptives contain hormones, which can increase the risk for gum problems. The good news is that the newer kinds of oral contraceptives have lower levels of hormones than they used to. However, you should still be aware of the problems oral contraceptives can cause.

You should also be aware that oral contraceptives can be less effective if you are prescribed an antibiotic. In fact, if your dentist prescribes any sort of medication, you’ll want to let him or her know you are on oral contraceptives for your own safety.

Keeping your mouth healthy

Going to the dentist twice a year for a check-up and cleaning (and filling him or her in on your medical background) is important for a healthy smile. But don’t forget that you can work to keep your teeth and gums healthy every day, by flossing once a day, brushing at least twice a day, and making an appointment with your dentist right away if you notice a problem with your teeth or gums.

Oral contraceptives can affect your oral health – that’s why it’s important to let your dentist know about these and any other medications you are on. The staff at the Konig Center for Cosmetic and Comprehensive Dentistry in Houston, Texas, knows what it takes for our patients to have healthy, beautiful smiles. Call (713) 668-2289 today!

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