In a dental setting, it may seem odd when they ask you questions about things unrelated to your mouth. But the divide between your bodily and oral health isn’t as black and white as you may think. Sharing medical information and health concerns with your dentist is critical to help them better address your oral needs. Read along for a few health factors you should mention during your next dental checkup.
Always alert your dentist of any current or recent health conditions for which you’ve received treatment. Sharing this information will help them decide on the best course of action for your dental health. There are two chronic conditions that have a significant impact on your mouth: diabetes and hypertension.
Diabetic patients have a higher chance of developing periodontitis, the most severe form of gum disease. Luckily, it can easily be prevented or treated with the help of your dentist.
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Hypertension is a common condition, but most people don’t know they have it because it doesn’t cause any symptoms. Hence, why it’s deemed “the silent killer”. If you’ve been diagnosed with hypertension, periodontal disease and poor oral health can further increase your blood pressure and make some medications less effective. Blood pressure screenings could very well save your life, which is why they’re performed at every dental checkup and before any procedure.
Do you regularly take any medications? Alert your dentist if so, as some can have a significant impact on your oral health. For example, one common side effect of most medications is chronic dry mouth. It can damage your enamel, harm your gums, and even increase your risk of gum disease.
Moreover, some medications can interfere with the anesthetic used during dental work. Before undergoing any dental procedures, make sure your dentist is aware of regular medication to ensure you receive safe and proper treatment.
Tender, Bleeding Gums
Swollen, tender, and bleeding gums are signs of gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Luckily, this state of chronic gum inflammation is very responsive to treatment, which is why you should inform your dentist of these symptoms as soon as you notice them. They can detect and treat the infection before it progresses into a severe dental problem.
Now you know why dentists care about all aspects of your health – not just your teeth. Your mouth and body are closely linked, meaning a problem in one system can affect the performance of another. By being fully transparent at your dental checkup, you can ensure you receive the best care possible for your smile!
About the Practice
At Berquist Family Dentistry, you can expect to receive gentle, compassionate, and personalized service from a dental team with extensive expertise and training. Our team will carefully assess your oral health needs and goals to develop a treatment plan that best suits your smile. To schedule your bi-annual dental checkup, visit our website or call (219) 226-0544.