Tell us everything...well, about your medications and remedies that is. We’re not nosy, just cautious. We want everything to go smoothly when you climb into the dental chair. Don’t worry about the dentistry; that’s our job. It’s what we don’t know about the medications and supplements you take-that concerns us. Interactions and complications between dental drugs and procedures and other medications and supplements are a very rare event. But as you know, once could be all it takes.
Even patients who are pretty good about relaying their prescriptions to us may forget to report alternative or herbal remedies they take regularly. Remember, herbal remedies can’t be classified as inert. That’s why, when we ask about your aspirin, prescription drug, and vitamin/mineral intake, we’ll also want to know if you are currently taking herbal/natural homeopathic remedies. Just be on the safe side.
Take a look at the list below. Make sure to add them to your list of supplements:
- Interact with aspirin: bromelain, cayenne, chamomile, dong qua, eleuthero/Siberian ginseng, feverfew, garlic, ginkgo, ginger, ginseng, and licorice
- Interact with corticosteroids: aloe latex, cascara sagrada, ephedra, ginseng, licorice, rhubarb, and senna
- Interact with central nervous system (CNS) depressants: chamomile, kava, St. John’s wort and valerian root
Further, the use of some herbals has been associated with oral manifestations, including aphthous ulcers, lip, and tongue irritation, swelling, gingival bleeding, tongue numbness, xerostomia (decreased salivary flow) and lingual dyskinesia (involuntary tongue movement or tremors) to name a few.
Make sure you discuss EVERYTHING you take on a daily basis with your dentist or dental hygienist.