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Epilepsy and Oral Health

Handsome manWhen epilepsy is discussed, most people immediately think about seizures. Seizures are the hallmark of epilepsy and are also the reason why so many epileptic people will need to visit the dentist. Both the disorder and the treatment can make trips to the dentist more difficult. However, those with epilepsy should still visit the dentist regularly.

Epilepsy and Oral Health

Seizures and convulsions common with epilepsy can cause a number of dental health problems, which can include the following:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Biting the tongue, lips, or insides of the cheeks
  • Causes a tooth to become knocked out
  • Jaw fracture
  • TMJ disc dislocation due to trauma

Unfortunately, many of the medications used to keep seizures under control can also cause oral health problems. These problems are mostly related to the health of the gum tissue in the mouth. The best way to prevent these problems from occurring is to practice good at-home oral hygiene and visiting your dentist every six months.

Making Sure Your Dental Appointment Goes Smoothly

Please make sure that your dentist and hygienist are both aware of your epilepsy diagnosis. It’s also important to tell them what medications you are taking for seizures or if you’ve had difficulties with anesthesia in the past. Giving your dentist information about your seizures such as type, frequency, and triggers can also make sure that your dental appointment is comfortable and safe.

If you have epilepsy and are experiencing negative effects with your oral health schedule your dental appointment.  Please contact Auburn Family Dental. Our general dentist is located in Wichita, KS.

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