DENTAL WORK PRIOR TO SURGERY
If you have been informed that you need surgery for heart disease, hip or knee replacement or another major surgery, you may be advised to see a dentist prior to surgery for a dental check up.
Do Regular Check ups to Help Prevent Complications
Our team is trained on the association between the mouth and the body. Your medical doctor may request your dentist to fill out a clearance form. This is because the bacteria is in your mouth can penetrate blood vessels during surgery and cause infection. Therefore, we recommend regular check ups to help prevent complications.
Connection Between Oral Health and the Body
Many people are surprised of the connection between oral health and the body, this is even more evident when preparing for surgery. Often times we over look our oral health. We may see our teeth as disposable. We lose them as a kid, right? and over the years we have seen our parents, grandparents living with dentures. So why would anyone need a clearance from the dentist? Or why should we even care about our oral health in the first place? If you have a history of heart problems or need to have a major surgery you may be asked to complete dental treatment and be cleared from oral infection prior to surgery. Often times a surgeon may ask if you have been to the dentist with in the last 6 mos and to have your dentist complete a form stating you are cleared for surgery. WHY? This is because the mouth is the gateway to our body. Think about it, we use our mouth to eat, to talk, to swallow, this is vital to our survival. If we didn’t have amouth living would be pretty difficult. Wouldn’t you agree? Therefore, keep in mind regular dental visits can help you prepare for the unexpected.