Talking with Your Dentist About Your Medications

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It is true that your dentist is concerned with the health of our teeth and mouth. However, your mouth is part of the much larger system of your body, and your oral health and overall health are very closely connected. For that reason, you should talk with your dentist about any prescriptions, vitamins or supplements that you are taking, and any changes to your prescriptions, Ideally, your dentist and your doctor should work together to ensure your overall health.  

Some medications can cause dry mouth, a condition in which you do not manufacture enough saliva. Dry mouth can lead to infection and tooth decay. Other medications can cause the overgrowth of your gums, sores, or inflammation of the soft tissue in your mouth, and increased bleeding. Some medications will discolor your teeth, which will need to be treated with a crown, veneer, or bonding. Some medications, such as immunosuppressants may keep you from having dental implants. If you are receiving cancer treatments, there may be an effect on the health of your mouth and teeth.

Your dentist should be kept up to speed on your medications and your medical conditions. The clearer the picture that your dentist has about your overall health, the better he can treat you. From time to time, your dentist may want to consult with your physician before moving ahead with a course of treatment or to discuss the effect of a prescription on your oral health.

Our dentist, Dr. Grant R Young will be happy to work with you and your physician to make sure that your oral health is at its peak. If you would like to make an appointment at Grant R Young DDS in Wausau, Wisconsin, call 715-845-6222 today.