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You may only think that you need to see your dentist when you need a cleaning or have a cavity. But the truth is that your dentist needs to be an integral member of your healthcare team. Do your dentist and doctor know each other? We aren’t talking about socially, but does your dentist know who your doctor is, and vice-versa? Your oral health an overall health are closely related to one another, and your dentist and doctor should each have the other’s name and number in your file.

Gum disease can lead to problems with diabetes, as well as respiratory and cardiovascular issues. If you develop gum disease, your dentist will want to talk with your doctor. If you are diagnosed with diabetes, it can cause problems for your oral health, and your doctor will need to consult with your dentist about your care. Cancer treatments and other medications can affect your oral health, and your dentist should know about any prescriptions you have.  There are some health conditions that become evident in your mouth and teeth, and your dentist may be the first person to notice that you have a problem.

If it has been a while since you have seen the dentist, then it is time for a visit. You may want to start planning your dental checkups around the same time you see your doctor.  If you live in the White Plains, New York, area and would like to make an appointment to see Dr. Jon Ackerman at Jon F. Ackerman, DDS, call (914) 761-2442 today.