Impacts and Interrelationships Between Medications, Nutrition, Diet, and Oral Health

  • Miriam R. Robbins
Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)


Long-term medication therapy is common, allowing increasing numbers of people to control chronic illnesses and achieve improved quality of life. However, use of medications is rarely without side effect or risk, making prevention and management of medication complications more challenging. As patients with chronic illness age, it is more common to encounter multiple medications directed at multiple organ systems, compounding the challenge of managing the adverse effects of, and interactions among, multiple medications. Drug-nutrient interactions and nutritional deficiencies are a potential primary problem with many medications, which can also lead to secondary oral health complications. Likewise, medications can affect primarily the oral environment and have secondary nutritional and diet consequences. This chapter reviews common drug-induced nutrient deficits and their mechanisms, drug-induced adverse oral conditions, and selected interrelationships between medications and nutritional and oral health.


Oral Health Pernicious Anemia Folic Acid Deficiency Altered Taste Removable Dental Prosthesis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miriam R. Robbins
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  1. 1.Department of Oral MedicineNew York University College of DentistryNew York

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