Dr. Garland and his team understand that taking care of your mouth is an integral part of caring for your body. It may come as a surprise to you that there is a connection between your oral health and your overall health. Some cardiovascular diseases can affect your dental health, and vice versa.
The Connection Between Your Oral Health & Your Overall Health
Studies have found that periodontal disease (gum disease) can affect your overall health, including your heart’s health. Individuals with advanced periodontal disease may have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. In addition, those with this type of chronic gum disease may also have increased thickening of blood vessels in their neck. More research still needs to be accomplished before we fully understand the full connection between the health of the heart and the health of the oral cavity.
The Effect of Your Heart Condition in Relation to Dental Treatment
High blood pressure that is not under control, with or without medications, can lead to a heart attack in the dental office. Combining the consideration of “white coat syndrome” (fear of the dentist/doctor) with pain and high anxiety, major treatment can be highly detrimental in the dental office. That is why Dr. Garland and his team take the time to take your blood pressure before any major dental treatment is performed.
If you have any form of cardiovascular disease, it is imperative that you tell Dr. Garland about your condition and what medications you are taking. Make sure that you update this list as needed and that your list includes both prescription and over-the-counter medicines. The list of medications should also include any vitamins and other nutritional supplements that you are taking. On your list, include the name of the drug, the dosage you are taking, and how often you take it. Providing your dentist with this list allows him to compensate for any side effects that may affect your mouth. For instance, some medications cause dry mouth, which in turn can cause bad breath and an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
We invite you to contact RiverLake Family Dental today at 916-422-1823 to learn more about us and to schedule your next visit with us in Sacramento, California.