Liquid Medication and Your Teeth

If you have difficulty swallowing, due to cancer treatment, stroke, or other condition, you may be prescribed your medication in a liquid form. Although this clearly makes it easier to take the medication and to swallow, those liquid medications may introduce new challenges to your oral health.liquid medication - paid - shutterstock 750545938

Often, the liquid forms of medications contain sucrose (sugar) and/or acids. Particularly for those with dry mouth, these sugars and acids combine in ways that can damage the enamel of your teeth. When the enamel is damaged, tooth decay (caries) results. People taking immune-suppressants will be especially susceptible to tooth decay.

There are steps you can take to protect your mouth from damage by these drugs. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist about alternative medications or forms of medications. You can also talk with your dentist about when to brush, how to protect your teeth, and other treatments and protective substances that can be applied to your teeth. I am very comfortable working closely with your doctor to protect your oral health during treatments or recovery periods, as do a number of dentists. We can provide more guidance and assistance if we know you will be starting a medication in advance. This allows us to offer advice about protecting your teeth and gums.