What medicines can cause gingivitis?

Medicines that can cause gingivitis include anti-seizure drugs, calcium channel blockers, and drugs given to people who have had organ transplants. They can cause an overgrowth of gum tissue that makes it difficult to remove plaque. Also, some oral contraceptives (birth control pills) can make gingivitis worse.

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There are lots of things that can contribute to the red and swollen gum condition called gingivitis. Hormone changes, cancer, HIV, diabetes all may be contributors, but the primary cause is plaque. Control plaque and it's related ...

bacteria, and you control gingivitis. Proper brushing and flossing is key, and your dentist can do thorough cleanings or prophylaxis. As with many other conditions, it helps to eat properly and if you smoke, give it up.

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