Allergy Concerns to Ask Your Dentist About

Allergy Concerns to Ask Your Dentist About

Allergies can affect all aspects of your life. Whether you have hay fever or serious food allergies, dental care can bring you into contact with a variety of potential risks and allergens. The next time you visit our dentist in Northridge, let us know about any allergies you have.

Common allergens at the dental office include:

1. Latex
Latex allergies can be severe. Latex-free gloves and polishing angles are available, so if you are allergic to latex, let us know. We can take steps to eliminate your risk of exposure and protect your health.

2. Gluten
Polishing agents can contain gluten, which can trigger reactions in people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities. If you have problems with gluten, let us know so that we can use gluten-free polishing agents.

3. Metals and acrylic
These materials can be used in different types of restorations. If you have an allergy or sensitivity to any type of metal or to acrylic, we can use composite or porcelain restorations instead.

4. Epinephrine
Dental anesthetics contain epinephrine, which can cause a high heart rate in people with sensitivities. Alternatives are available, so please let us know if you have a reaction.

5. Eugenol
Eugenol is an ingredient that is used in dental cement and numbing agents. It can cause inflammation and irritation in people with sensitivities. Ask us about alternatives if you experience a reaction.

Call our office today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.

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