Going to the dentist for a dental cleaning and checkup or dental restoration treatment is just about your teeth….right? Not necessarily! There are more health conditions that affect your teeth and oral health than you might suspect. Your dentist might even be able to see signs and symptoms of certain health conditions not being controlled properly. The mouth is almost a “window to your health,” so to speak. Here are 3 reasons why you should always update your dental office on changes in your health history.
Certain medications can cause oral side effects
From overgrowth of gingival tissue to increased tooth decay, certain everyday medications can create numerous side effects when it comes to your smile. You may be an asthmatic patient that uses albuterol on a daily basis. Did you know that albuterol inhalers could dramatically increase the rate of cavities? Certain risk factors may mean your dentist wants to implement preventive techniques like home fluoride, gingival therapies, or even see you more frequently. Or maybe you take blood thinners, which would contraindicate procedures like a surgical extraction.
Procedures may require antibiotic treatment beforehand, or even a call to your physician
Your dentist will need to talk directly to your physician before you should discontinue any medications prior to dental care. Please do not stop taking them unless your physician has directed you to. If you’ve had a surgery such as a joint replacement or heart procedure, antibiotic premedication may be needed. Never consider these things unimportant, even if they don’t directly affect your mouth.
Proper preventive measures can be taken
Your dentist wants to avoid interactions to medications that you are taking. Keep an updated list with you at every visit. If you have a health condition like seizures, high blood pressure, or asthma, let your dental team know. Steps like keeping your inhaler on the counter can be useful during a medical emergency.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.
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