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When you hear the word “dentist” you may just think of teeth. And yes, dentists do deal with teeth. But a dentist is also a doctor, and has studied the human body extensively and understands that your oral health is connected to your overall health. Because of that connection, your dentist should have the name and number of your primary physician, since from time to time the two of them may need to talk.

For example, our dentist, Dr. Greg Cook may want to talk with your doctor if your medications are having an adverse effect on your oral health. Depending on the situation, you may need a medication changed or a dosage adjusted, or the dentist may need to start a new treatment for you. Some medications can cause a condition known as dry mouth which can lead to tooth decay, bad breath and other issues. Some cancer treatments can affect your oral health, and the use of inhalers may lead to oral infections.

It’s important to remember that your dentist will not want you to stop treating another condition such as high blood pressure or Parkinson’s. But he may want to make adjustments to your oral health regimen or work with your doctor to develop a treatment plan. You should also talk to your dentist about any vitamins or herbal supplements you are using.

If you have questions about how your oral health can be affected by your medications in Alcoa, Tennessee, Appalachian Dental can help you find the answers. Call us today at 865-379-7555 and we’ll be happy to schedule you for an appointment.