Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

List of Common Oral Adverse Effects of Medications

  • Alterations in taste
  • Atrophic mucosa
  • Bleeding
  • Burning mouth/tongue
  • Dental caries
  • Difficulty wearing appliances
  • Difficulty with chewing
  • Difficulty with speech
  • Difficulty with swallowing
  • Gingival enlargement
  • Hairy tongue
  • Increased periodontal disease progression
  • Infection
  • Mucositis/stomatitis
  • Opportunistic infections (candidiasis)
  • Oral ulcerations
Clinical Management
Oral Health: Nursing Assessment and Intervention
Point of Care Resources