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Can prescription drugs make gingivitis more likely?

Many prescription drugs can make gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) more likely. In most cases, these drugs make your mouth dryer. Less saliva means bacteria aren't washed away as well and can cause gingivitis. Prescription medicines that can cause dry mouth include high blood pressure drugs, antihistamines, drugs for anxiety and depression, and diuretics. The prescription drugs phenytoin (Dilantin) and cyclosporine, and calcium channel blockers such as nifedipine (Procardia), can cause an overgrowth of gum tissue, which can lead to gingivitis.

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