Good oral health affords you many benefits. You can eat, speak, smile, and even smell efficiently, which makes your everyday life more comfortable and easier. However, healthy teeth and gums are not just contingent on maintaining an excellent dental hygiene routine of brushing and flossing. Other health issues can impact the state of your mouth. This is why it’s important to inform your dentist of any health issues or concerns at your dental checkups and exams so they can help you get the best dental care possible. Read on to learn five of them you should discuss with your dental team.
#1. Medications or Supplements
Has your doctor recently had you start taking a daily medication or supplement? If so, it’s important to tell your dentist on your next visit. There are certain medications and supplements that can impact your oral health. For example, some cause chronic dry mouth, which can lead to an increased risk of cavities and gum disease. By notifying your dentist, they can help treat any issues that could be caused by your new medicine before they become more serious.
If diabetes goes untreated or is not properly attended to, it can lead to several health problems throughout the body. It can begin to affect the eyes, kidneys, heart, and immune system. Unfortunately, it can even impact your gums. Diabetes has been shown to place patients at an increased risk for periodontitis, the most severe form of gum disease. To ensure you keep your entire mouth in good condition, including the soft tissues, make sure you let your dentist know of your diagnosis. Even if you’re doing well on your medication, it’s still important to update them.
#3. High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
Did you know that hypertension is the most common chronic cardiovascular health condition in the United States? It’s estimated that it affects nearly half of all adults. Even though your blood pressure is measured at every routine checkup and before any dental procedure, it’s still essential to tell your dentist about your condition. They can be sure to treat any gum disease or other oral health issues to ensure they don’t further increase your blood pressure and make your medication less effective.
#4. Digestive Issues
Your oral health and digestive health are directly linked. Harmful bacteria from the mouth can enter your digestive tract and affect your digestion. Even your teeth and bite alignment can impact your gut health. If you aren’t chewing your food properly, you not only won’t get the nutrition you need but your digestion can begin to slow down. Unfortunately, these dental issues can eventually cause you to have to just stick with eating softer foods. By updating your dentist on any digestive health issues you are experiencing, they can explore any dental issues that may be contributing to your problems.
About the Author
Dr. Javier Perez and his team at Times Square Family Dental are eager to help you keep your smile whole, healthy, and beautiful. He graduated from dental school at UCLA and in addition to being a dentist, also serves in the U.S. Army National Guard with a rank of Major. With over 25 years of experience, he is passionate about providing high-quality oral health care with compassion. To schedule a checkup, contact him through his website or call (903) 534-8110.