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February 4, 2014

What you Need to Know about Heart Disease and Dental Care

Dental Care and Heart Attacks | Philadelphia Medical Malpractice AttorneysMany people are unaware that dental care can be dangerous for those with heart disease and that some medications for heart disease can cause dental problems. It is important to take the steps necessary to protect your health and your teeth if you have heart issues.

Speak to your Dentist about your Health

It is absolutely crucial that you speak with your both your doctor and your dentist if you have any issues with your heart. Ask your doctor if there are any concerns about having dental care. If you require mouth surgery, discuss it with your doctor as well as your dentist.  Be sure to tell your dentist about any medications you are taking. If your dentist does not ask, speak up. Don’t risk serious consequences because you haven’t discussed your health with your dentist.

Heart-Related Conditions to Consider

1. If you have had a heart attack, you need to wait at least six months before you have any dental treatment. Clear dental care with your cardiologist. Make sure, before your visit, that the dentist is prepared for a medical emergency.

2. If you will be having surgery, find out if the anesthesia contains epinephrine. Epinephrine can increase blood pressure and heart attack risk in sensitive people.

3. Let your dentist know if you are on any blood-thinners.

Heart Medications that can Impact your Dental Health

A number of medications commonly used for heart disease can cause issues for your dental health.

1. Some medications used for high blood pressure can dry out your mouth.  Mouthwashes and toothpaste that help with dry mouth can be helpful. Biotene is a popular brand for dry mouth.

2. Calcium channel blockers can cause gums to swell. This may require more frequent cleanings and additional efforts at home.

Suffered a Heart Attack Due to Dental Care?

If you warned your dentist and he failed to take the necessary precautions, causing you serious injury, you may have a claim against him. You should speak with a medical malpractice lawyer from Lowenthal & Abrams about your case. The consultation is free and we will give you an honest opinion.

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