While it is true that your dentist is concerned the health of your mouth and teeth, it goes without saying that your mouth is a part of your body, and that your oral health is connected to your overall health.
From time to time, your physician may prescribe a medication. It may be a for an illness or a temporary condition such as a cold or an infection. Or it may be for a chronic condition such as high blood pressure, or even cancer. You may also use vitamins or supplements that you have purchased over the counter.
Very often, the medications that you take can affect your oral health. Because of that, it is very important that you keep your oral health in mind when you are making healthcare decisions about the rest of your body. If your doctor has prescribed a medication or you are taking a supplement of some kind, you need to let your dentist know. Ideally, your dentist should work with you, and your physician when it comes to your health. So if you are taking any medications, you should keep your dentist in the loop!
Some medications can cause dry mouth. Saliva is much more important than you may realize. Saliva helps to keep your mouth clean. If your medication is causing dry mouth, your dentist can recommend some remedies. Certain cancer treatments can affect your oral health. If you are receiving cancer treatments or starting them, let your dentist know.
Some medications may also cause the overgrowth of your gums, sores or inflammation in your mouth. If you are taking an anticoagulant, your dentist will need to know that before you have oral surgery.
Dr. Kerry Taylor at Chandler Dental Excellence in Chandler, Arizona is dedicated to providing you with quality dental care. You can do your part when you come in by letting us know what medications you are taking. To make an appointment for an exam, cleaning, or to address another dental need, call us today at 480.786.1734.