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Dental Care for Those With Heart Disease

Did you know that patients with heart disease or those that previously suffered from a heart attack require special dental care? If you fit into this category, here are some valuable tips to become familiar with prior to visiting your dentist.

Suffered from a Hear Attack?

For many who suffered from a heart attack at one point in their life, it’s common to be prescribed anticoagulants (blood thinners). While blood thinners carry amazing benefits for patients post-heart attack, dental surgeries can results in excess bleeding due to this specific type of medication.

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Some blood pressure and hypertension drugs may cause you to have dry mouth. In other cases, these prescribed drugs may also affect your sense of taste. Calcium channel blockers, a supplement often prescribed to those with high blood pressure, can cause swelling of your gums, affecting your ability to chew.

If you’ve schedule an oral surgery with your dentist, be sure to confirm if they’ll be using anesthesia for the procedure. Some forms of anesthesia contain epinephrine, which can results in dangerous levels of high blood pressure, angina, heart attack, and arrhythmia.

Chest Pain (Angina)

As mentioned above, calcium channel blockers are a common supplement for those with previous or current heart issues. This is common for those being treated for angina. Calcium channel blockers combined with oral surgery can cause complications, so be sure to check with your dentist to see if they offer oxygen and nitroglycerin should a medical emergency arise.

Stroke

If you’ve had a stroke in the past, tell your dentist if you are taking anticoagulants (blood-thinning drugs). These medications could result in excessive bleeding during some oral surgery procedures.

Stroke can also affect your natural ability to produce saliva, which can lead to dry mouth. There are artificial products that can substitute for natural saliva, so be sure to check with your dentist if the problem persists.

Have questions about your oral health as it relates to your heart disease? Contact Sisselman Medical Group today or your local dentist for more information.

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