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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Medications often have side effects, besides dry mouth, that can have a harmful effect on other parts of the body, including the mouth.
These side effects can include:
The older adult or caregiver should advise the dentist about any medications, supplements, and herbals that are taken, especially before oral surgery or treatment for gum disease.
Discuss medications. Aspirin and anticoagulants can reduce blood clotting capability, which could cause bleeding problems during these types of procedures.
Last Reviewed: Apr 14, 2011
Abdel Rahim Mohammad, DDS, MS, MPH, FAAOM, FACD
Clinical Professor of Geriatrics
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University