Among the many qualifications that make Dr. Woodruff an effective dental health provider is his understanding of the mouth-body connection. There is a close relationship between your dental and overall health, so medically compromised patients can have increased risks for the side effects of dental care. As such, it is vital to see a dentist who understands the connection between your smile’s health and your medical health.
How Medication Affects your Dental Appointment
If you have a persistent medical condition, then you most likely have a medication prescription. As you may be aware, those medications can have a variety of side effects. What you may not know, however, is that many of these side effects can have a significant impact on your smile’s health.
Two common examples of this relationship are dry mouth and a reduced ability to fight infections. Respectively, these side effects are common with anti-anxiety and pain medications and with prescriptions for arthritis and asthma. A dry mouth means that your natural saliva cannot help prevent plaque buildup on your teeth, increasing your risk for tooth decay. If your body’s immune system has been weakened by asthma and arthritis treatment, then you are more susceptible to developing gum disease. In addition to these, other frequent side effects of prescription medications can lead to an increased risk for several oral health conditions.
Dr. Woodruff has an extensive knowledge of how medications interact with your dental health. He will have a better understanding of the care you need by recognizing the side effects of your prescriptions and their impact on your teeth and gums.
Seeing High Risk and Elderly Patients
As we age, dental care can become more complicated. Our teeth and gums become increasingly sensitive to decay and disease, and our personal health becomes sensitive to receiving any kind of medical care. Similarly, patients with conditions that make them high risk for any kind of medical procedure may also have difficulty in undergoing oral health treatments. For anyone who is elderly or has an extreme oral health condition, it can be difficult to find a dentist who can see you.
Dentists who have an in-depth understanding of the medical-dental relationship, such as Dr. Woodruff, can help geriatric and high-risk patients receive the dental care they need. Dr. Woodruff knows the particular risks age and persistently compromised health present, and he can tailor your dental visits to address these concerns.
Contact Us for Geriatric Dental Care
Dr. S. Clarke Woodruff provides dental care for geriatric patients in Hellertown, Bethlehem, Allentown, and the surrounding communities. Patients who are at risk due to advanced age or critical health concerns can keep a healthy smile by visiting us. For more information about our approach to your oral health care, call us and schedule your next appointment today.