Saturday, November 15, 2014
Blood Thinners and Dental Treatment
If you have a health condition which requires prescribed use of blood thinners such as Coumadin or aspirin, it is important to share this with your dentist.
Because the clotting mechanism is decreased by blood thinners, healing from injury can be difficult. This applies to the gums as well. Bleeding of the gums can occur during certain dental treatments and may be difficult to stop. Depending on the circumstances, the dentist may request that the patient discontinue use of the blood thinners for up to three days prior to all dental appointments. At home, it is a good idea to use a soft toothbrush and soft brushing technique and floss regularly. See your dentist regularly as well.
Your physical and dental health are mutually influenced. Therefore, it is very important to communicate with both your physician and your dentist regarding all aspects of your health.
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