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What should you know about dental care if you have chest pain (angina)?

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If you have heart disease, you may need to take special care with dental treatments. If you take calcium channel blockers for angina, or chest pains, your gums may swell or overgrow. You may need gum surgery to remove some tissue. If you have unstable angina, you should avoid any nonessential dental 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

SOURCE:

American Academy of Periodontology.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 10, 2019

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