Oral Care/Dental Care Information & Discounts
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Dental problems can be bothersome, painful, and expensive. The best thing to do is treat a dental problem sooner than later to avoid costly procedures in the future. Continue reading to learn more about dental and oral care and to get more information about dental medications including canker sore medicine, dry mouth medication, painkillers, gingivitis medication, and more. Browse our list of discounts and find free printable coupons to start saving on the cost of dental drugs in your local pharmacy.
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Oral Care/Dental Care Information & Discounts
What is dental care?
Dental care involves the routine cleaning and maintenance of the teeth and gums through brushing at least twice a day, flossing once a day and having your teeth cleaned and examined by a dental professional at least once a year. Dental or oral problems that may arise include gingivitis, gum disease, canker sores, dry mouth, tooth aches, and dental crowding, among others. Continue reading to learn more about these problems and how to prevent them, manage them, and treat them with dental medications.
How can I manage an oral or dental problem?
Canker sores are not cold sores and are actually ulcers that occur in the mouth rather than the stomach. People who get canker sores usually have a family member who also has them. The best medicine for canker sores depends on the cause, but they are usually the result of an autoimmune reaction. A simple canker sore treatment is to regularly wash the mouth with baking soda, salt, and warm water until the sore heals. Over the counter canker sore medicines can also be purchased. If you have persistent canker sores, you could have an autoimmune disease that is manifesting itself in the form of canker sores such as Celiac’s or Crohn’s disease. Make an appointment with your immunologist. For information about canker sore prescription medicine, see the drug information section.
Gingivititis is simply plaque that forms around the gums. It can be prevented with the use of fluoride mouth rinse, daily brushing and flossing, and regular annual cleaning with your dentist. For those prone to gingivitis, the use of oral NSAIDs for gingivitis medication has been shown to greatly reduce pain and inflammation. For more information about gingivitis medication and preventing periodontitis, see the types of medication section.
Dry mouth, or xerostomia, can be caused by a variety of factors from mouth breathing to prescription drugs and can cause other problems such as cavities. Dry mouth is the result of under productivity of the salivary glands. Symptoms include cavities, thirst, a lack of saliva pooling under the tongue, thick or sticky saliva, a need to drink something frequently when talking, and a burning or tingling sensation in the mouth. Your dentist can easily test you for xerostomia. For information about dry mouth medications, see the drug information section.
Oral pain can arise from a variety of conditions including the growth of new teeth, gingivitis and gum disease, tooth decay, teeth grinding, fracture and more. You should schedule an appointment with your dentist for persistent toothaches. In the meantime you may use a topical over the counter gel such as Orajel. For information about wisdom teeth removal drugs for pain, see the drug information section.
What are the different types of dental drugs/oral medications?
Corticosteroids are used topically as well as orally to treat a variety of autoimmune conditions and inflammation. They are sometimes the best medicine for persistent canker sores that have not healed on their own. They work by modifying the body’s immune response at the site of application. For information about specific corticosteroids as canker sore prescriptions, see the drug information section.
These are prescription mouthwashes that can be used as periodontitis and gingivitis medication. Different strengths of chlorhexidine may be purchased depending on the severity of the patient’s condition. Chlorhexidine is a bactericide that immediately kills bacteria and is absorbed into the teeth’s enamel. If you have pain or inflammation from gingivitis, ask your dentist about a mouthwash that also contains diclofenac, an NSAID.
Oral or topical painkillers are often needed for dental problems and after surgeries. Topical painkillers for toothaches may be purchased over the counter. They usually include benzocaine, a local anesthetic. To read about pain pills as wisdom teeth drugs, see the drug information section.
Muscarinic agonists are medications for dry mouth that activate the muscarinic acetylcholine receptors. This stimulates the salivary glands, leading to increased production of saliva. Muscarinic agonists are used as dry mouth medications. To read more about a specific product, see the drug information section.
What are the symptoms of dental problems?
Foul breath, grinding your teeth, toothaches, constant dry mouth, and bleeding gums are all signs of oral or dental problems. Signs that you might grind your teeth include waking up with a severe headache in the morning. If you have a lot of tension or stress and have headaches in the mornings, ask your dentist if you grind your teeth.
Oral Care/Dental Care Drug Information
Decadron, or dexamethasone in its generic form, is a topical corticosteroid that is used as a canker sore treatment. It is applied to the canker sore to reduce inflammation and promote healing. Oral dexamethasone medications can be obtained with dental prescriptions. Use our free coupons to save up to 59% off the price of Decadron in your local pharmacy.
Hydrocodone is a generic narcotic analgesic used to treat mild to moderately severe pain. It is often prescribed as one of the wisdom teeth drugs to treat pain after wisdom teeth extraction. Hydrocodone acts by blocking the nerve receptors in the brain, therefore dulling the sensation of pain. Search for free, printable hydrocodone coupons on our site to save up to 69% off the price of this pain reliever in your local pharmacy.
Evoxac, or cevimeline in its generic form, is a muscarinic agonist that is used as a medication for dry mouth. It works by stimulating the production of saliva by activating muscarinic acetylcholine receptors. This medication comes as a capsule to be taken orally and can be obtained using medical or dental prescriptions. Evoxac can be very expensive, costing up to $400 for a month’s supply. Use our free coupons to save up to 85% off the price of Evoxac in your local pharmacy.