When you are experiencing an illness or medical condition, oftentimes you are grateful for any medication that can help improve your symptoms. Depending on your circumstance the medication can be temporary or long term. Many people are only focused on the issue at hand and don’t realize or think to ask about the side effects medications can have on your oral health. Many medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription, can have lasting effects on your teeth and gums. It is important that your dentist has a current list of any and all medications and vitamins you take.