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Century Dental
Phone: (971) 708-1608
2831 SE Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro OR 97123

Jeff R. Call, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dix C. Densley, DDS, FAGD, FICOI

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The Oral Damage You Can Get from Allergy Medications and Inhalers

Posted on 11/13/2017 by Century Dental LLC
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Oral hygiene practices every day is important to stay on top of your oral health. I'm sure you are doing everything you were told to do since you first met your dentist. They probably have provided tips on what kinds of foods to stay away from and tricks on how to manage your oral hygiene at home.

You've probably heard suggestions on what kind of toothbrush and toothpaste to use, and how to floss properly. One thing, however, that may not have come up just yet is how certain medications may affect your oral health. Talking with us is just as important as talking to your family doctor. Here are some things you may want to bring up at your next visit.

How Harmful Are Allergy Medications and Inhalers?

The biggest thing to remember about any kind of medication, is that there are usually always some kind of side effects. Some medications will work fine for you until something else is added. Everyone reacts to medications differently. One of the biggest side effects to an allergy medication is that it may cause you to have a dry mouth.

That is where the problems start. Saliva has a huge role in keeping the pH level in your mouth where it needs to be to prevent bacteria from forming. Not having enough saliva in your mouth is like a breeding ground for bacteria and infection.

Unfortunately, with an inhaler, though used to help open up airways, it can cause tooth enamel erosion causing tooth decay, dry mouth, and can leave a residue on your teeth from leftover powder (medication). Inhalers are very high in acid. Combine that with dry mouth from lack of saliva and you can be in to see the dentist more than you would like to.

Sometimes taking these medications are very necessary to help you out with everyday life. Allergies can be anywhere and being able to get things done without that getting in the way can be a priority.

I encourage you to stay hydrated. The best way to do that is to drink lots of water. Try to find a water that contains fluoride in it. Fluoride helps restore and strengthen your tooth enamel. Continue brushing, flossing and routine checkups with your dentist.

If you feel like you are experiencing pain or discomfort get in to see your dentist right away. Putting off an easy office visit can create more problems in the future. For questions or concerns about the medication you are taking, or the inhaler you are using, give us a call today.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (971) 708-1608 today.

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Welcome to Century Dental, where we make your beautiful smile our business! Dr. Densley and Dr. Call have teamed up to create the driving force in the dental industry of the Pacific Northwest. We have put together a team of highly skilled, professional staff.

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We take great pride in creating a comfortable and friendly environment where our patients can have a positive dental experience. Located in Hillsboro, our office is easily accessible as it is right off of Oregon Route 8. We have gone to great lengths to make sure our office is both state-of-the-art and also comfortable and inviting.

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Preventive Dentistry

We are passionate about preventing problems before they start. We do so by educating our patients about what positive dental habits they can be forming and having our patients visit us twice a year for exams and cleanings.

Restorative Dentistry

We understand that often, due to circumstances outside of your control, your mouth may need restorative actions taken. That’s why we offer a bevy of restorative procedures to bring your smile back to it’s original luster.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Frequently we hear that the procedures that make the biggest difference in our patient’s smiles are cosmetic in nature. Whitening, veneers and Invisalign® are just a few of the cosmetic procedure we offer!

IV Sedation

For those patients that need more than just oral sedation we offer what is often called “sleep sedation”. If anxiety is an issue or if the procedure calls for it we can easily place you under full anesthesia to ensure that you rest peacefully through the whole thing.

Dental Implants

If you have lost a tooth or are looking at tooth removal as an option, dental implants are the most highly recommended form of replacement for teeth. Dental implants involve inserting a titanium post into your jaw which will fuse with your bone structure. The post will be topped with a crown made specifically to fit your bite. The result is a form of tooth replacement that looks and acts exactly as your real tooth would. It even prevents bone loss, which is a common side effect of tooth loss.

Dental Technology

We are happy to use a great variety of cutting edge technology in our practice. Digital X-rays are one of our staples in dental tech. Standard X-rays can take time to view and process but with the advent of digital X-rays we can view the inner workings of your mouth almost instantly. We are also able to take higher quality X-rays that allow us to detect things like tooth decay within the tooth, cysts, tumors, and impacted teeth. Further, the radiation you receive from a digital X-ray device is about 1/5th that of a standard X-ray.

We also offer intraoral cameras and ultrasonic scalers. The intraoral cameras aid us in detecting any issues within your mouth that may need further dental attention. Ultrasonic scalers are by far the most effective method for removing built up plaque and tartar that has accumulated on teeth.

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