Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Seeking Relief From Burning Mouth Syndrome
...We will start by taking a complete medical history and getting a list of all the medications you are taking as some drugs are known to cause mouth dryness...

Irritating Cold Sore Outbreaks can be Controlled Through Medication
... In recent years, anti-viral prescription medications have been developed that can effectively prevent HSV outbreaks, or at least reduce the healing time after an occurrence...

Lamar Odom Rebounds From Dental Anxiety
...With anxiety-relieving medications that can be delivered orally (in pill form or by gas) or intravenously (into the bloodstream), the techniques of sedation dentistry can help even the most fearful patients get the dental care they need...

No "Glee" in Tooth Grinding
...It may also result from bite problems, the overuse of stimulating substances (caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs), and as a side effect of certain medications...

Even Celebrities Like Jennifer Lawrence Aren't Immune From Bad Breath!
...” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia...

Curbing Dry Mouth Could Boost Your Oral Health as you get Older
... Although there are several causes for dry mouth, one of the more common is as a side effect from certain medications...

The Top 3 Oral Problems in America - and What You Should Do About Them
...Changing medications or using products to increase saliva could help prevent these dental problems...

Restore the Brilliance of Your Smile
...They include: Dark beverages and foods such as blueberries, coffee, black tea, colas and sports drinks Smokeless tobacco and cigarettes Acidic foods such as tomato sauce and citrus fruits (they actually soft tooth enamel) Neglected oral hygiene habits (brushing, flossing and in-office care) Prescriptions medications such as some antibiotics, blood pressure medications and antihistamines What you can do in Dayton You can limit staining dietary choices, drink more water and keep up with your brushing, flossing and professional cleanings...

Ariana Grande Breaks Free - of Her Wisdom Teeth
...Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures...

4 Things You Should Focus on During Pregnancy for Optimal Dental Health
...When you make your next dental appointment, tell your dentist you’re pregnant and how far along, any medications and supplements you’re taking, or any complications you may be experiencing...

Learn What Dental Crowns Can Do For Your Smile
...Although lifestyle habits like smoking and drinking coffee or red wine are among the most common culprits for dull, discolored teeth, some dental stains are caused by trauma or as a side effect to certain medications, which develop at the dentin layer below the enamel...

Getting the Full Picture of Your Decay Risk Leads to Better Prevention Strategies
...You may also be taking medications that reduce saliva flow, the mouth’s natural acid neutralizer...

Oral Surgery
...It's always important to let your healthcare providers know what medications you are taking (both prescription and over-the-counter), any chronic health conditions you have, and whether you smoke...

Nitrous Oxide
...Before beginning treatment, we will take a complete medical history will be taken, including your use of both prescription and non-prescription medications...

TMD
...Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxants can also provide relief...

Aging & Dental Health
...It's possible that medications prescribed for other diseases can adversely affect a person's oral health; it's also possible that a decline in oral health can worsen existing maladies (such as diabetes), or even cause systemic (whole-body) inflammation...

Antibiotic Premedication for Dental Treatments
... Guidelines for Antibiotic Premedication Prophylactic antibiotics might be recommended before dental procedures if you have one or more of the following heart conditions: A heart transplant Artificial heart valves A history of infective endocarditis Some types of congenital heart problems — particularly if they haven't been completely repaired, or if their treatment involves prosthetic material If you have undergone a joint replacement procedure, prophylactic antibiotics might be recommended if you also have one or more of the following risk factors: A systemic inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus erythematosis A weakened immune system resulting from HIV, cancer, radiation or chemotherapy, or another cause Insulin-dependent (type I) diabetes or hemophilia A history of previous infection in a prosthetic joint Undernourishment or malnourishment There are other circumstances where taking prophylactic antibiotics would be a prudent step; there are also a number of situations where these medications might have been recommended in the past, but aren't currently required in all cases...

Bad Breath
...A chronically dry mouth (xerostomia), which is often a side effect of certain medications, and tobacco use can also contribute to this problem...

Blood Pressure Medications & Your Gums
Before prescribing any medications — even lifesaving ones, such as those used to reduce blood pressure or prevent epileptic seizures — your health care professionals carefully weigh the benefits a drug offers against the possible risks of taking it, including its potential side effects...

Dry Mouth
... Possible Causes There are several possible causes for xerostomia, including: Medications...

Osteoporosis & Oral Health
...For this to occur, that bone must be relatively healthy; yet osteoporosis — and certain medications used to treat it — may affect your oral health...

Stress & Oral Health
...Additionally, teeth grinding is believed to be an uncommon side effect of certain medications...

Periodontal Flap Surgery
... The Flap Surgery Procedure Flap surgery is typically done under local anesthesia, sometimes accompanied by oral anti-anxiety medications; alternatively, it may be performed under intravenous conscious sedation...

Blood Thinners & Dental Procedures
Millions of people regularly take anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications (sometimes called “blood thinners”) to help prevent heart attack and stroke, and to manage a variety of medical conditions including cardiac arrhythmia and stent placement...

Headaches & Migraines
...Gentle stretching exercises, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, and muscle relaxants can also provide relief...

Oral Diagnosis & Biopsies
...Over the past two decades, antiviral medications have been developed to help prevent outbreaks and speed healing...

Sedation Dentistry
... Before any particular sedative is recommended, you will be asked to provide your complete health history, including any medications you are currently taking — both prescription and over-the-counter...

Root Canal Surgery (Apicoectomy)
... Before an apicoectomy procedure, diagnostic images (such as X-rays) of the affected tooth and surrounding bone, a careful review of your medical history including medications you take (both prescription and non-prescription), and other factors are reviewed...

Root Canal Treatment
...Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen are generally effective in relieving discomfort, but prescription medications may also be given if needed...

Pregnancy & Your Child's Developing Teeth
... Seek Guidance on Dietary Supplementation & Medications If you feel your diet is inadequate in some nutrients during your pregnancy, it's best to seek professional medical advice on what supplements you may need...