Archives by Tag 'Medication'

Is Oral Surgery Safe When Taking Blood Thinning Medications?

Medication

02/05/2010
Blood-thinning medication is prescribed for a variety of medical conditions as an anti-coagulant—as the name implies—to stop blood from clotting. They are typically prescribed for individuals with atrial fibrillation (the heart's two upper chambers “fibrillate” or beat out of rhythm), deep venous thrombosis (clotting in the deep veins), and pulmonary more...

Understanding the Causes of Dry Mouth

Common Symptoms, Oral Health

02/05/2010
Xerostomia (“xero” = dry, “stomia” = mouth) is a common condition that affects millions of people each year. And even though so many people deal with this issue, many don't understand why or what to do about it. Causes can range from the usual morning dry mouth to the effects more...

Does Arnica Really Help Healing after Oral Surgery?

Medication

02/05/2010
Herbal or homeopathic remedies and other forms of integrative medicine (holistic medicine; new ways to treat the mind, body, and spirit—all at the same time) continue to grow in popularity; however, it is critical that you consult your physician and/or dentist prior to taking them to ensure they will be more...

Tetracycline Staining—What Can I Do about It?

Common Symptoms, Medication

02/05/2010
Many adults today suffer from the embarrassment of discolored or stained teeth due to the fact they were given the antibiotic, Tetracycline, as a child. While the damage from Tetracycline is not reversible as the staining becomes part of the structure of the teeth, the good news is that your more...

Taking Care of Types 1 and 2 Diabetes

diabetes

02/02/2010
When it comes to taking care of your diabetes, most people are aware of the basics—taking your medicine, routine blood sugar monitoring, and eating healthy—but did you know that brushing and flossing everyday along with your routine six-month dental checkups are other steps you can take? And by telling your more...

Warning for Surgery Patients Taking Fosamax

Medication

01/30/2010
If you are scheduling an upcoming surgical procedure, be sure that all of the healthcare professionals involved are aware of any prescription medications, over-the-counter (OTC) medications and even herbs or home remedies that you are currently taking. This is especially true if you are taking the prescription Fosamax® (alendronate) or more...

When Antibiotics Are Needed Prior to Dental Visits

Medication

01/30/2010
New guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) now state that taking prophylactic (preventive) antibiotics may not be necessary for most people and in fact, might cause more harm than good. Patients who may have taken antibiotics in the past but may no longer more...