Over-the-Counter Supplements and their Impact on Your Oral Care

Many people take dietary supplements such as vitamins and minerals with the goal of improving their general health. It is well known by health care providers that almost 2/3 of patients do not report supplements upon examination. Now while many offer benefits, some can have adverse effects, such as increasing your risk of bleeding or interacting with certain prescription drugs. Inform your health care provider of any dietary supplementation you have to prevent unwanted interactions. 

while many offer benefits, some can have adverse effects, such as increasing your risk of bleeding or interacting with certain prescription drugs

Vitamins A, C and E, calcium and xylitol are among some popular supplements that have been shown to offer oral health benefits. These specific vitamins can help your gums heal; calcium, a mineral, helps maintain strong bones and teeth and can decrease your chances of gum disease; and xylitol, a sweetener used in many sugar-free products like sugar-free gum, has been proven to minimize plaque, increase salivary levels and decrease cavity risk. It is toxic to animals, so do not let your furry friend have any!

When you visit with your dentist or come see us at Katy Trail Dental, report any and all OTC medications you take so we can thoroughly and accurately examine you.