Medications are supposed to make you healthier but sometimes medications have side effects that can negatively impact oral health. Cough syrups, antihistamines and decongestants can lead to dry mouth and discoloration. Blood pressure medications can lead to discoloration, dry mouth, and swelling of the gums which can lead to plaque build-up. Anti-depressants can cause dry mouth and plaque build-up. Antibiotics tetracycline and doxycycline discolor pediatric teeth and can carry over to their adult teeth.
Solutions for Tooth Discoloration
Regular dental cleanings can remove the majority of staining from short term medications. However, if the tooth discoloration is more severe, porcelain veneers are a great solution for a whiter smile. The veneers are wafer thin and are custom made to cover the front surface of teeth for a whiter, brighter look.
Over 70% of American adults take medications regularly. To help curb dry mouth, consequential tooth decay and for whiter teeth, follow these tips:
• Brush your teeth at least twice a day
• Have dental check-ups and cleanings at least every 6 months
• Hydrate – drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day
• Cut back on coffee, tea and alcoholic beverages
• Use a moisturizing mouth spray or rinse
• Do not smoke