November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy is the 4TH most common neurological disorder. It is associated with abnormal electrical brain activity and marked by unpredictable seizures and can cause other health problems. There are also a number of oral health concerns with epilepsy. Teeth can become cracked or broken during a seizure or fall. Clenching during a seizure episode can also cause complications and discomfort with your jaw. Knowing the oral health concerns with epilepsy will help minimize risks during dental treatment.
It is important for dental professionals to be informed of patients with epilepsy, the frequency of seizures, severity and any known triggers. Inform your dentist of any changes in seizure medications or medical history during each dental visit. Your dentist should have your healthcare team’s phone number on file in the event of a seizure during your dental appointment. Be certain to inform your dentist immediately if you begin experiencing an aura.
There are also some common side effects from taking seizure medications. There is an increased risk of infection and delayed healing time. Bleeding gums, dry mouth, and overgrown gum tissue are a few of the most common problems that can cause pain and discomfort
General dental practices can treat people with epilepsy safely if they are informed of your illness. Your team of dental professionals should be informed, aware and accommodating. The stability your seizure activity should be considered when planning your dental visits. Be sure to take your medications a few hours prior to your appointment time. Schedule your next dental visit with South Tampa Smiles with confidence knowing our team of professionals provides top quality care to each of our patients. Give us a call at (813) 289 – 0560.
More information on oral health concerns with epilepsy: Epilepsy Health Center