For centuries the presence of a failing organ meant a slow and steady decline into illness, debilitation, and eventual death. Modern medicine has revolutionized the care of patients with failing organs by introducing organ transplant procedures. These revolutionary transplants have made it possible to give someone with a failing organ new life. However, providing the patient with ongoing immunosuppression therapy is necessary to ensure the organ isn’t rejected. Countryside Smiles is here to help these patients get control of their oral health and reduce their risk of complications from gingivitis, periodontal disease, and tooth decay.
Why Oral Health Care Is Essential For Organ Transplant Patients
These therapies are not localized and impact the functioning of the entire immune system. This means infections or illnesses occurring elsewhere in the body put the patient at risk of serious and potentially life-threatening complications. Studies have revealed a strong correlation between poor oral health patients and unsuccessful outcomes of organ transplants. The infections caused by oral bacteria can lead to the immune system becoming triggered, heightened levels of inflammation, and acceleration of the formation of heart disease. This means that before and after an organ transplant, it’s essential to ensure that your oral health is in order.
There are four components to maintaining a healthy smile:
- Dental Cleanings – Maintaining a routine of twice-annual dental check-ups is important for everyone. Those who have or are going to go through an organ transplant may need to go more than twice a year. This is based on the condition of their oral health and the recommendations of their dentist and physician. Professional dental cleanings help address stubborn plaque and tartar deposits while eliminating food debris and decay from areas that are difficult to reach with home hygiene.
- Restoration Dentistry – Restoration dentistry is an excellent solution for certain oral concerns that could impact oral health. Cavities represent weak points in your teeth that can be sealed and reinforced using filling material. Root canal treatments can eliminate infection and dead flesh from inside your tooth and seal it against future infection. These and other restoration dental procedures can be essential in maintaining lasting oral health.
- Good Oral Hygiene – Brushing twice daily, flossing every tooth, and a final rinse with antibacterial mouthwash should occur at least twice daily. These help combat streptococcus mutans, eliminate plaque and tartar, and remove food debris that could potentially speed tooth decay or cause halitosis.
Keeping up with these practices ensures you have the best chance of avoiding any oral complications or complications with your transplant associated with oral concerns.
Contact Countryside Smile To Learn More
If you’re on a list to undergo an organ transplant, it’s time to start caring for your oral health. Call our team at (972) 957-7610 to arrange an exam and consultation with Dr. Jaspreet Gill. You can also stop by our Murphy, TX, clinic to meet the team and tour the office. Our oral health is a central part of our overall health, so be proactive about ensuring your smile is beautiful and healthy for years to come.