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.
- Q Is there a link between my heart and my teeth?
- Q Does heart disease risk vary based on oral health problems?
- Q Are antibiotics safe for people with heart problems before dental work?
- Q Why are infected teeth removed before cardiac surgery?
- Q How are healthy teeth and gums linked to heart health?
- Q How does C-reactive protein (CRP) affect oral and heart health?