It is common for people to take medications for many reasons, but did you ever stop to think about how your prescriptions might affect other checkups going on in your life? For example, if you happen to take any medication for blood pressure to keep other health conditions under control, you should let your periodontist know about it. Why is this important? Such medications could increase your risk of bleeding gums through even the simplest of dental procedures, so your periodontist needs to be aware of what is going on.
Understanding Your Medications
Your doctor may go over some common side effects of your blood pressure medication, but oral side effects are not often at the top of the list and may easily get overlooked. It is possible for you to notice that your gums bleed a little more when you brush and floss your teeth, but even this might not raise any alarms at first.
You should get into the habit of reading the labels on your medication and understanding all the possible side effects – this can help you plan ahead and know what to do if you experience any of the less common ones.
Being Proactive About Procedures
You should also be in the habit of telling every health professional – physical, dental, and otherwise – about all of the medications you are taking, no matter how seemingly harmless they are. Dr. Jean-Claude Kharmouche is likely to be familiar with any medications that could raise concerns during a dental procedure, so it is better to inform him about any you are taking, even if you do not think it will affect your treatment.
Keeping Your Dental Professionals Informed
Not telling your periodontist about your blood pressure medication has the risk of resulting in problems during treatment. For the best outcome to your procedure, make sure you are open and honest with Dr. Kharmouche and the staff of Nova Perio Specialists. To schedule your next checkup or consultation, contact our office today.