Dental Care for Medically Compromised Patients

Advances in medical sciences have allowed us to effectively manage deadly diseases and health conditions and live longer. Today we are able to successfully transplant failed organs such as kidney, liver and heart, replace damaged heart valves or open up occluded heart arteries, treat and control conditions like hyper tension, diabetes etc and even shown great advancements in the field of cancer treatment. But unfortunately most of these treatments show unwanted side effects such as xerostomia. Xerostomia may compromise with your oral health and may manifest as halitosis, oral lesions, mucositis, gum disease etc.

Medically Compromised Patients

Dr. Mukul Dabholkar’s Dental Clinic provides dental services to patients for whom regular dental care is not routine but is required as a result of medical conditions. Our services are provided to patients with the following conditions

  • Heart Conditions
  • Organ Transplants
  • Cancer patients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy
  • Immune compromised health issues
  • Surgical defects due to cancer removal.

Management

We work in co-ordination with your physician in providing routine dental care to ensure that our work aids your treatment and recovery. Effective management of oral conditions and preventing it involves the following

  • Increase in Saliva Flow and Quality: Most medically compromised patients experience xerostomia as a result of treatment or medications. Dry Mouth creates an ideal environment for pathogenic microorganisms that increase the risk of stroke, immune deficiency and the like. Medication or saliva stimulating mints may be used to increase the amount of saliva.
  • Daily Disruption of Pathogenic Biofilm: Decrease in saliva flow increases pathogenic biofilm that may lead to gum inflammation, gum disease, tooth loss etc. In addition to daily brushing and regular dental visits it is important to clear interdental biofilm. This can be done using interproximal brushes that have higher compliance rates when compared to floss.
  • Tooth Surface Protection and Remineralization: Due to decreased salivary flow, remineralization is inadequate in medically compromised patients. As such topical treatments like fluoride application anti microbial therapies, diet changes, mouth rinses etc may be used to help remineralization.

Contact out dental team to know more about the various treatments available as they are in the best position to determine which treatment or combination of therapies is most suitable for you.