Dr. Hugh Flax from Flax Dental answers a reader’s question about how medications can affect your dental heath.
Q: Can certain medications affect my dental health?
A: Your overall health and your oral health are closely linked. This means all of your health care providers need to know which medications you are taking. For example, patients taking bisphosphonates, a common class of osteoporosis medication, are at a higher risk of developing jawbone decay during tooth extraction or implant, which can lead to jaw fractures or tooth loss. A bone turnover blood test can verify if you are at risk for complications. If you are at risk, you may need to delay procedures or take a drug “holiday” prior to surgery.