When it comes to oral health, many patients think of the mouth as being separate from other areas of the body. However, the health of the mouth is shown to affect other areas of the body through recent studies. Here is a list of conditions that affect oral health and requires altering of how dental care is provided.
It is vital to let your dentist or dental hygienist know if you suffer from any allergies to certain foods, medications, or products. This will allow your dental professional to modify treatment and use of certain dental materials or drugs for a safe visit.
Diabetes and your oral health are closely linked as demonstrated by various areas of research. It is important to let your dental professional know if you have diabetes, and whether it is properly controlled or not. Patients with diabetes often require more regular dental care to monitor their oral health and help with managing their diabetes. Poorly controlled diabetes is shown to cause delayed healing in the body as well as an increased risk for gum disease.
A comprehensive and up-to-date list of all medications is essential for your dental professional to have. Ask your pharmacist to print a list of your medications for easy access and records.
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, it is a good idea to let your dental professional know. Specific dental procedures should be completed before or after pregnancy. For example, dental x-rays and fluoride applications are usually held off on during pregnancy. Dental cleanings during pregnancy are commonplace, however.
High Blood Pressure
Specific dental procedures cannot be performed if blood pressure readings are too high. Medical clearance by a family doctor may be needed before specific dental treatment.
People living with Asthma need to bring their prescribed inhalers to their dental appointments. Patients that use inhaled corticosteroids are at an increased risk of developing oral candidiasis.
If you recently suffered a heart attack, specific dental procedures may be postponed unless a medical doctor provides medical clearance.
Keep these things in mind the next time you visit your dentist. If your medical or dental history has changed since your last visit, let your dental provider know before any treatment is started. Call us to schedule your visit today.