It is common practice your dentist to make note of any medical conditions you have, you past medical history, and any medication that you take. This is because the dental treatment you receive may have to be adapted because of your personal health, or because of the medication that you take.
All of the information you provide to the dental clinic is confidential, but they will keep it on record for future reference. By building up a picture of your medical health in relation to your oral health, your dentist can give you the safest and best dental treatment.
Some medical problems and medication will have no bearing on the treatment that you receive, but a dental expert is the one to make that decision. Therefore, you should tell them everything and let them decide what is relevant.
Under certain circumstances your dentist may ask permission to speak to your doctor, but they will usually tell you why they need to do so. This will be done in your best interests, to ensure that any necessary dental treatment will not adversely affect your current medical problems, and vice versa.
Illness And Dental Problems
Asthma, heart problems, epilepsy, and osteoporosis are just a few of the medical conditions that may affect the way your dentist treats you. Even if the treatment doesn’t change, your dentist will keep your condition in mind throughout your treatment.
Certain conditions have an adverse effect on the teeth or gums, and therefore require more frequent dental checkups. For instance, ‘dry mouth syndrome’ can have multiple causes, but may lead to several oral problems. Dental stomatitis also has many causes, one of which may be an existing health problem.
Having certain problems, including types of blood disorder, may require that you be treated at a dental hospital. Again, this is for your benefit as the patient.
Antidepressants and warfarin are just a couple of types of medication that might affect your dental treatment. Antidepressants may affect the types of anesthetic that is used, whilst using warfarin may have an effect on blood clotting after a tooth extraction.
Finally, allergies can affect many things in your everyday life, and visiting your dentist is no exception. For instance, an allergy to latex will require the use of non latex gloves etc, whilst an allergy to penicillin will require the use of difference solutions to a oral infection.
Making your dental clinic aware of everything is the best way to ensure that you get the best possible treatment, and avoid unnecessary problems.
Dental health month 2015 and 2016 helped raise awareness of the importance of taking care of children’s teeth, but for both children and adults, being aware that oral health and medical health are connected is also important.
Dental health and wellness are linked in many ways. You medical health can impact on your dental health, and medications for a health condition can have both an effect on your oral health and a bearing on the treatment you receive from your dentist.