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When Prescriptions and Dentistry Don’t Mix

Some prescribed drugs and dental surgery may not be a good mix. You might not think that what your MD prescribes—and what your dentist does for your mouth's well-being—are closely related. But both are significant. If you are contemplating upcoming dentistry like a tooth extraction or an implant, it may be helpful to review which prescribed drugs you are taking for other problems. Two red flags, here: prescription drugs for osteoporosis and certain drugs used in association with chemotherapy against cancers. The big word is bisphosphonates. That means a drug used in treating bone disease. They limit activity in bone cells which remove old or injured bone. Good, if the problem is bone thinning or cancer. But they might also [...]

By |2021-10-20T19:37:32+00:00January 18th, 2022|Patient Education|Comments Off on When Prescriptions and Dentistry Don’t Mix

Facing Chemotherapy?

Tell Your Dentist Anyone facing cancer therapy already knows—chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer is a serious response to a serious condition. What they may not know is that a dental appointment scheduled at least two weeks before treatment begins can reduce the risk of complications and help preserve salivary glands. The reason is this: with radiation treatment and chemotherapy, changes in saliva occur that can encourage decay and dry mouth, diminish taste, and thicken soft tissues—to name a few. All these side effects may be overcome if gums are healthy, restorations are intact, and oral hygiene habits are impeccable. So, if someone you know is scheduled for cancer therapy, share this information with them. A pre-treatment dental appointment made [...]

By |2020-03-28T17:19:38+00:00May 26th, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on Facing Chemotherapy?