Drugs and Your Oral Health
By Lina C. Garcia, D.M.D.
Medications have side effects that can affect your oral health. Side effects that may cause permanent consequences to the human being occur because drugs are not specific in their actions. Medications and drugs do not exclusively go to the cells that are involved in the problem--instead they go to tissues, blood, lymph, all cells and organs of the whole body, metastasizing side effects to the whole system.
For instance, an antidepressant could help people to improve their moods because of its doping affects, which are similar to cocaine and marijuana. The only difference is that one is sold legally by pharmaceutical companies and the other by illegal sources. But the side effects and addictive properties are very similar. Examples of the similarities include insomnia, suicidal ideation, loss or gain of sex drive, dry mouth and alteration in moods. Read more...
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