Many medical conditions and medicines we take can have a big effect on our oral health, as well as how dental treatment and recommendations are provided to you. Our dental health, in turn, can also affect many medical conditions we may have.
For us to make the best recommendations for your care, and deliver it to you safely, it is imperative that we understand your whole body health.
For example, many systemic diseases have been found to be linked to gum disease, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and bacterial pneumonia. Likewise, pregnant women with periodontal disease are at increased risk of pre-term labor and low birth weights.
Medicines that we take can have serious consequences on our oral health. For example, some blood pressure, oral contraceptive and immunosuppressive medicines can contribute to oral sores, inflammation or discoloration of the soft tissue in the mouth.
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