Tell your dentist about your medical history
It’s important to let your dentist know about all your medical conditions and your medical history. Your dentist needs to know if you have been ill or in the hospital recently. Your dentist also needs to know the herbal medicines, over-the-counter products, prescriptions, doses and frequency that you are taking as well as the name of your physician. This will ensure that your dentist is able to treat you in the most safe and effective way possible.
There are some medical conditions that you may be experiencing and questions you may have as you age:
Why does my mouth feel dry?
Dry mouth (technically known as Xerostomia) occurs when the saliva glands do not work properly. Saliva is vital to keep your mouth moist, wash away food and neutralize the acids that are produced by plaque. Left untreated, dry mouth can damage your teeth.
Dry mouth can make it difficult to eat, swallow, taste and even speak. It can be caused by certain medical conditions and a long list of medications. Some of the more common medications are:
Talk to your dentist about methods to restore moisture. Make sure your dentist has a complete list of all the prescriptions, herbal medicines and over-the-counter products you are taking.
Ask your dentist for more information about the interactions between your medications, medical conditions and your oral health.
Most early signs of oral cancer are difficult to detect without an examination by a dentist. This is one good reason to schedule regular dental examinations. Even if you do not have any natural teeth, or if you have never smoked, bi-annual oral cancer examinations by your dentist are recommended.
Any non-healing sores in the mouth or changes in voice deserve close attention. Any change in your mouth that persists beyond 14 days should be examined by your dentist.