Bleeding Disorder Dental Management: Working with Your Dentist
The first step toward healthy teeth and gums is finding a dentist who is familiar with or who is willing to learn about bleeding disorders. For their patients with a bleeding disorder, the dentist should work with the hemophilia treatment center to obtain information about their bleeding disorder and medical records. If you or a loved one has a bleeding disorder, it is important that you work with your dentist to ensure that you receive the best level of care. There are several things you should share with your dentist, including:
- The type and severity of your bleeding disorder, as well as any medications you are currently taking
- How you treat a minor bleeding episode
- The contact information of your HTC
- If you've had a joint replaced or a central venous line (port) inserted
- Determining what you need to do before any oral procedures/surgeries*
Take full advantage of your dentist's expertise. Find out about ways to help prevent cavities. If you do not have fluoridated water, ask your dentist for tips on getting enough fluoride. Finally, never be shy about asking for advice on brushing and flossing. Knowing the correct techniques can help you take greater control of your dental care.
Shire is providing this material for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical advice. Please rely on your clinician for all medical advice.