Blood Thinners

By Dr. O. Karnakova One of the most common types of drugs that can cause abnormal bleeding are blood thinners. These classification of drugs are used for treating patients who have a type of heart or blood vessel disease, poor blood flow to the brain, atrial fibrillation, heart valve surgery, or other congenital heart defects. Blood thinners decrease the risk of a stroke or heart attack by reducing the formation of blood.There are two main types of blood thinners. Anticoagulants, such as warfarin (Coumadin) or heparin, work by...

The Teeth

by Dr. Sepi Fatahi DMD The teeth of a denture are typically made from various types of resin or porcelain. The latter was traditionally the preferred material because it was stronger and more durable. Porcelain is still used in some instances and has a number of advantages:A glass-like ceramic material, porcelain has the same translucent appearance as natural tooth enamel, and can be color-matched closely with other teeth in the patient’s mouth. Porcelain teeth feel similar to natural teeth. This makes them easier to adapt to than...

Side effects of antidepressants on teeth and gums

Side effects of antidepressants and sedatives on teeth and gums by Dr. Nadia Abazarnia The side effects of psychotropic drugs may cause dental problems. You may be prescribed psychotropic drugs either for a mental illness or to manage severe anxiety associated with dental procedures. When these drugs are used they can cause problems such as dry mouth, bruxism, surgical bleeding, hyper salivation which need preventive dental care. Dry mouth or XerostomiaMost antidepressants can cause dry mouth. Dental management of a patient with dry...

Effects of taking medications

Effects of taking medications for different diseases that cause xerostomia By Dr. H. Kopel We all need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food. Saliva also prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth. If saliva flow is reduced or non existent then a condition called xerostomia results. Xerostomia or dry mouth may be caused by medications. Dry mouth is a common side effect of many prescription and nonprescription drugs, including drugs used to treat depression, anxiety, pain, allergies, colds...

ILLEGAL DRUGS

by Sepi Fatahi DMD The regular use of illegal drugs can also cause significant tooth damage. Drugs that pose a significant risk to your oral health are: * Cannabis – This can cause dry mouth and can lead to an increased risk of gum problems. The smoke can cause oral cancer. * Cocaine – Users sometimes rub cocaine over their gums which causes ulceration of gums and the underlying bone. When cocaine mixes with saliva it creates an acidic solution which erodes tooth enamel. Cocaine and crack cocaine cause dry mouth, which further increases...