You might think that your dentist is only concerned about your mouth and teeth. While dentists do treat your teeth, mouth and gums, you may be surprised how closely your oral health is linked with your overall health. While you might tell your dentist about issues with your mouth, letting him know about any medications you are taking and any conditions that you have can help him with your dental care.
Medications can cause side effects such as dry mouth, overgrowth of your gums and sensitivity in the soft tissues in your mouth; increased bleeding and even the discoloration of your teeth.
Additionally, many medical conditions have direct impacts on your oral health. For example, if you live with diabetes, an infection in your mouth can cause problems with your blood sugar levels. If you are being treated for cancer, chemotherapy and radiation can affect your mouth. Gum disease has been linked diseases of the blood vessels and arteries. Immune disorders and hemophilia can affect the type of dental treatment you receive and need to be taken into consideration by your dentist . If you are coping with anorexia, you are at risk to develop osteoporosis which can weaken your jawbones. If you are pregnant or think you might be, that will affect when your dentist may perform certain procedures, and decisions about dental x-rays. Pregnant women also experience increased possibility of gum disease.
When you visit your dentist, be sure to talk with him about any medical conditions that you have and any medications you may be taking. It is a good idea if your dentist has the name and number of your physician, since he may want to consult with your doctor about medications, procedures, and conditions.
If it is time for your regular cleaning and exam, or if you are just looking for a family dentist, Dr. John Lohner at Lexington Heights Dental in Cedar Hills, Utah is eager to meet you! Make an appointment today by calling 801-756-2006.