Monday, October 23, 2006

Dental Did You Know? Medications known to cause gingival (gum) overgrowth.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of systemic medications that cause gingival (gum) overgrowth, but it's a base reference:

Anticonvulsants (Phenytoin)
Calcium Channel Blockers (Dilitiazem, Felodipine, Nifedipine, Nisoldipine, Verapamil)
Immunosuppressive Agents (Cyclosporin A, Mycophenelate Mofetil)

DeRossi S and Hersh E, A Review of Adverse Oral Reactions to Systemic Medications, General Dentistry, March-April 2006, Vol 54, No. 2, pg 131-138.

Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
Promenade Court Dental Health Group in Mississauga
2233 Hurontario St., Mississauga, ON, Canada
(1/2 km north of the QEW in the Dome Building)
(905) 273-7100