Women who take birth control pills (oral contraceptives) may have more sensitive or inflamed gums, decreased flow of saliva, which can lead to dry mouth and bad breath, and dry socket if tooth extractions are needed. If a woman taking birth control pills gets a mouth infection, she needs to tell the dentist about her contraceptive use, because antibiotics used to treat the infection may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills.
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