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Disease, Treatment, and Oral Health

by Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH

If depression (or anything else) is keeping you from attending to your oral hygiene, you may want to schedule more frequent visits with your dental hygienist until your situation changes. In addition to helping you maintain healthy gums and teeth, your hygienist may be able to suggest products or techniques that could make your home care easier or more doable.

Coping with oral side effects
Sometimes the oral side effects of medicines or medical conditions can be alleviated by switching to a different medicine or by treating an underlying condition. But sometimes oral side effects are a tradeoff for life-saving treatment and simply must be dealt with as well as possible. Your dentist and dental hygienist can help you make a plan for maintaining the best oral hygiene possible.

For a healthy mouth, oral cleanliness is imperative, so it’s important to get into the habit of regular brushing and flossing and performing any other home-care procedures recommended by your dental team. Keep scheduled appointments with them, and ask for help if you’re experiencing pain or discomfort.

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