Treatment Options 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 hemophilia, the dentist should work with the hemophilia treatment center to obtain information about their hemophilia 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 whether you need to pre-treat with factor concentrate nasal desmopressin or an antifibrinolytic agent before any oral procedures/surgeries*
Keep your dentist informed! Fill out our simple Information for the Dentist form. Created in conjunction with Dr. Melissa Kennell, a dentist and a mom in the hemophilia community, this form is a great way to provide your dental care provider with critical medical information and emergency contact information.Print a Copy for Your Dentist
Take full advantage of your dentist’s expertise. Find out about sealants which can help prevent cavities. If you do not have fluorinated 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.
*Note: ThereForYou.com does not recommend a particular treatment for specific individuals and recommends that you consult your treatment center or physician before pursuing any course of treatment.