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Your dentist needs to know your medications routine

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When you visit the dentist, it is important to prepare almost as though you are going to your doctor's office. Did you realize that you need to take a list of every medication you are prescribed, even over-the-counter drugs!

It is important for your dentist to know.

"They (medications) can interact with the procedure! If a patient is taking aspirin, they're going to bleed much more," explains Dr. Terri Alani. "If they're having an extraction, they need to let their dentist know, so we can have them probably consult with the physician to see if it's ok to be off the aspirin. Blood thinners are the same thing and can cause bleeding with a lot of procedures."

Dr. Alani, known as "The Texas Tooth Lady," also says, "If you're taking high blood pressure medications, it can dry your mouth out, which means you're more susceptible to decay. There are just lots of interactions with the medicines that the dentist really needs to know."

It is also important to update your dentist, when you change medications. Even more important, if your dentist is prescribing medication for you, as well.

"It could have potential interaction, negative interaction, with the medicines they're taking. It's really important the patient sees the dentist regularly and we get their medications," says Dr. Alani.

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