May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. It is important to know that side effects from blood pressure medication can have adverse consequences on your oral health. Dr. Paresh C. Naran, a family dentist in Raleigh, NC can advise you on the proper dental hygiene required to prevent any long-term damage.

How Blood Pressure Medication Affects Your Gums

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you are probably taking daily blood pressure medication. These medications, known as calcium channel blockers, can have the unfortunate side effect of creating a condition called gingival overgrowth.

Gingival overgrowth is basically swollen gum tissue, as well as a change in texture of the gum. It is more than just a cosmetic issue. Swelling of the gums makes them more prone to bacteria, which can injure the adjacent teeth.

Why Regular Dental Care Is Essential

Daily proper home care and routine dentist visits can help you manage gingival overgrowth. While the gum swelling may make it harder to clean, improper care may lead to an excessive build-up of plaque. Therefore, it is imperative that you:

·         Floss or use a dental pick daily

·         Brush for two minutes at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste

·         See your dentist at least every six months

Visiting the dentist regularly is crucial to maintaining long-term oral health. At each visit, a thorough cleaning will occur to remove tartar and plaque. Your dentist will also examine your teeth, throat and tongue, and inspect your gums carefully, looking for any sign of gum disease. Should any be found, treatment can occur promptly. In certain cases, your dentist may advise that you come more often for cleanings.

Be sure to take good care of your mouth and teeth and see a professional regularly. If you are looking to ensure positive oral health, contact the office of Dr. Naran today for an appointment.