Another class of blood pressure medications, called the calcium channel blockers, could cause an overgrowth of gum tissue. You might notice this about a month after you start taking the drug on a daily basis. Gum overgrowth can affect chewing. Sometimes the excess gum tissue may need to be removed with surgery by a dentist or periodontist.
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