The dentist must know everything about your medication use

4. november 2009  
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The dentist need to know if you are taking medication or suffer from something. Many patients forget to inform about their medication use, but it can prove to be crucial to the outcome of a dental treatment that the dentist is informed. Up against every tenth dane takes blood-thinning medication to prevent blood clots. But while blodpropperne be prevented, there may occur another problem – namely, increased tendency to bleeding. The bleeding can for example occur, when the patient must have a tooth pulled or made an in-depth cleaning.

It has been quite a common practice for patients on blood-thinning medication should keep a break in their medication use, before they should have made an intervention at the dentist. New studies now show that there is greater risk to stop treatment than the bleeding, which possibly. incurred by the crackdown, says overtandlæge and orthodontist at kæbekirurgisk afdeling at Glostrup Hospital Simon Storgård Jensen.

Dentists must take their own precautions when they are treating patients in antiplatelet treatment. There is essential and usually relatively simple to stop the bleeding before the patient leaves the clinic. Numerous drugs may also increase the blødningstendensen, and therefore it is important to know the message, so you can be extra careful, especially with the use of analgesics and antibiotics, highlighting the Simon Storgård Jensen.

A good advice is therefore: Tell your dentist everything. Even if you can not see that the medication you take has any relevance for your dental treatment.

The importance of good communication between dentist and patient become firmly established in the Tandlægeforeningens Symposium, where Simon Storgård Jensen is among the many presenters. Tandlægeforeningens Symposium will take place on the 6.-7. november in Aarhus, denmark at the Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel. A little over 1,600 dentists and 600 dental assistants participating in the event, that has the medically compromised patient, as well.

Older people with dementia suffer from poor oral hygiene

27. October 2009  
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Dementia brings great changes – also as regards the tandsundheden. Research shows that there is a clear link between dementia and poor oral hygiene. The medicine, people with dementia taking, also, that they get dry mouth, which allows a much greater risk of dental caries and fungal infections. Dentists, carers and relatives to a far greater extent focus on the elderly, who do not even maintain a normal life.

Birita Learned, there is the dentist, assistant professor, ph.d. and researcher in Dentistry in Copenhagen, denmark, have in recent years examined the association between dementia and dental health, and the result is striking. Birita Ellefsens study shows bl.a., to the people with dementia had an average of 7 holes in the teeth, already when they got demensdiagnosen, which says something about the problems that people with dementia have with their oral hygiene.

It can mean a significant deterioration of the older people's quality of life. The consequence of poor oral hygiene can bl.a. be pain or discomfort, which can give trouble to eat. At worst, it can mean that they completely stop eating. It is therefore important that the elderly with dementia and their caregivers get the proper guidance on how they should relate to dental care when they are diagnosed, stresses Birita Learned.

– Demented patients need a specially adapted dental care. And here, the dentists the opportunity to make a difference and help to ensure that newly diagnosed dementia patients receive prevention, treatment, and follow-up they need. We have a responsibility as healthcare professionals to help to cover the upbringing and health needs, which is just of the elderly with dementia, sounds the call from Birita Learned.

Birita Learned is among the presenters at the Tandlægeforeningens two-day Symposium on 6.-7. november. A little over 1,600 dentists and 600 dental assistants participating in the event, that has the medically compromised patient as the main theme and takes place in Aarhus, denmark at the Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel.

– It is always good to get updated – and expanded – his professional knowledge and ability, and it is of course valid also for dentists. With a view to both the individual dentist's challenges and daily lives, but also with the aim of patients. To dentists in-service training and included in the latest treatment techniques and developments in dental care, get patients in the chair for the benefit, said Tandlægeforeningens president Susanne Andersen.