Haemophiliacs know that they need to take care every day to avoid injuring themselves. They do this because haemophilia is a blood clotting disorder which can result in excess bleeding. Haemophiliacs need to keep an eye on many things, including their dental health.
Keep Good Oral Hygiene
Everyone wants to avoid dental health problems, especially haemophiliacs. Those with haemophilia should keep good oral hygiene practices, including:
- Brushing teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristle toothbrush
- Flossing once a day, being gentle near the gum line
- Avoiding sugary foods which can increase the risk for tooth decay
- Visiting the dentist every six months for check-ups and teeth cleanings
Treat Gum Disease
Gum disease occurs when plaque infects the gum tissue. One of the symptoms of gum disease is bleeding gums, which is especially harmful for haemophiliacs. They should seek gum disease treatment from their dentist as soon as possible to stop this problem.
Make A Treatment Plan For Dental Procedures
Keeping good oral hygiene is imperative to prevent other dental problems, but sometimes these problems can still develop and a haemophiliac may find that they require a surgery which involves incisions to the oral tissue. If this is the case, they should have their dentist contact their haemophilia team so they can discuss a treatment plan which may involve factor replacement therapy and the use of fibrin sealants.