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Are seniors at risk to gingivitis due to medicines they take?

Many medications, such as steroids, anti-seizure drugs, cancer therapy drugs, blood pressure pills and birth control pills, can affect the gums and increase your risk for gingivitis and periodontal disease. Many medications also have side effects that reduce saliva, which can result in dry mouth and irritate soft tissues. Tell your dentist about all your medications and any changes that occur in your health.
Yes, many older people take drugs such as antihistamines, diuretics, pain killers, and high blood pressure medicine that reduce the amount of saliva. This makes them more susceptible to dental caries and periodontal disease. The side effects of these drugs include dry mouth, soft tissue changes and taste changes.

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