A primary dental provider should be aware of all conditions, medications, and prior treatments of their patients, especially those for more serious problems, such as heart disease. Despite oral hygiene's positive effect on the heart, patients with heart conditions may be ineligible for certain dental procedures. Invasive dental procedures, such as periodontal treatment, may increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Some procedures boost inflammation in the body as it responds to bacteria entering the bloodstream after surgery. If the treatment is more detrimental than the condition itself and poses the risk of ineligibility, then a complete health dentist can weigh the circumstances and offer alternatives.
Disclosing medical information in any practice is confidential and will not be used for any means other than implementing an appropriate treatment plan. The dentist will need honest and accurate medical history, previous procedures, and medications to prevent drug-on-drug interference and fatal risks.
In most cases, patients should not stop taking any prescribed medications without approval or guidance from their primary care provider. A complete health dentist understands the implications regarding various general health conditions and medications. They will discuss the terms with you before treatment.
A complete health dentist understands the oral-systemic link and how oral health is heavily connected to general health. Often, complete health dentists notice underlying problems that may be a result of existing systemic conditions. In the same way, they can test whether existing health conditions are affecting the patient's oral health.
During the first visit, a patient's initial consultation is the perfect opportunity to begin building rapport. Ask the dentist questions about their expertise, procedures they have excelled in, and to discuss and describe your treatment plan thoroughly, giving explanations for all treatments. It is important to know your dentist and understand what they are doing, but it is also crucial to inform them of all information requested in all honesty.