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What should you know about dental care after a heart attack?

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If you have heart disease, you may need to take special care with dental treatments. If you’ve had a heart attack, check with your cardiologist before you visit your dentist. And tell your dentist if you are taking anticoagulants (blood-thinning drugs). The medications can make you bleed too much during oral surgery or other procedures. Ask your dentist if they have oxygen and nitroglycerin on hand in case of a medical emergency.

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American Academy of Periodontology.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 10, 2019

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American Academy of Periodontology.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 10, 2019

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