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An Introduction to Substance Use Disorders for Dental Professionals

Course Number: 545

Oral Implications of Prescription Medication Use/Abuse

Oral implications of prescription medication use and abuse are vast depending on the specific drug being used/abused. Common implications include xerostomia, clenching/grinding, caries and periodontal diseases. A routine, thorough oral exam is recommended. Identifying the particular prescription drug will reveal more complete oral implications.35