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The Relationship Between Dental Health and General Health

February 25, 2016

Filed under: Dental Health — Tags: , — nawrockidmdteam @ 6:59 pm

In our blog this week, we want to teach you about some of the most common systemic diseases and conditions that Americans suffer from and how these can affect your oral health. According to the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, there is a very strong connection that exists between medicine and dentistry. In order to properly treat patients, all dentists should recognize this connection that exists and understand how to treat patients who suffer from various conditions. Here at Matthew Nawrocki General Dentistry and Prosthodontics, one of that ways that we teach our patients about all things dentistry is with our weekly blog. In this article, we will present some very common diseases and conditions and provide information on the ways that they can affect your oral health. If you have experience with any of the following, you should inform your dental providers so that they can treat your oral health conditions appropriately. Dr. Nawrocki cares deeply about your general health as much as he does your oral health. We are always accepting new patients from in and around the Orange Park community. Please contact us at any time electronically to schedule a consultation or call (904)602-8396.

Sleep Apnea

If you suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea and are unhappy with your current CPAP, there may be a dental solution for you. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when there is a short cessation of breath during sleeping due to a blockage or relaxation of the throat muscles. Dr. Nawrocki has specialized training in treating sleep apnea with custom oral appliances using the technology of Somnomed. To learn more about this technology and sleep apnea, please watch the following video.

Asthma and Allergies

If you suffer from asthma, it is very important that you bring your rescue inhaler with you to every dental appointment. Although rare, asthma attacks may be triggered by specific medicines used during dental appointments. It is also important that you inform your dental provider of any allergies that you have, especially if you have an allergy to latex. Allergic reactions can be dangerous and it is important that your dental team take appropriate precautions during your appointment.

Cancer: Chemotherapy and Radiation

Did you know that greater than 30% of all patients receiving treatment for cancer will undergo complications that affect the mouth? Chemotherapy, which is commonly used to treat cancer usually weakens your immune system and makes you more prone to develop infections. Radiation treatment, which is also used for cancer, can cause extreme dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, which can increase the rate in which you develop cavities.

Cardiovascular Disease and High Blood Pressure

If you suffer from cardiovascular disease or take medications for high blood pressure, it is important to visit the dentist regularly. Uncontrolled gum disease can sometimes lead to heart attacks. You should also inform your dentist if you have high blood pressure, even if you take medications for it. The medicine that is used for local anesthesia in dentistry must be used in moderation on people with high blood pressure.


If you have diabetes, you may be more prone to develop the gum diseases periodontitis and gingivitis. Additionally, uncontrolled gum disease can make it more difficult to diabetic patients to properly control their blood sugar levels.

Antibiotic Prophylaxis

Have you ever been told that you need to take antibiotics before you dental cleanings? This is done to prevent a rare infection called bacterial endocarditis. The American Heart Association has established a list of people who need to take antibiotics before dental appointments. This list can be viewed here.

We hope that you learned something new by reading this blog today and encourage you to share your newfound information with your friends and family members. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at any time electronically or call (904)602-8396.

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