Discuss Allergies with Your Dentist

Posted on May 6, 2015 in General oral health

As you sit in your dentist's office waiting for a cleaning or exam, you probably have a list of things you'd like to discuss – your next appointment, X-rays, whitening, cavities, bad habits. But here's one that probably doesn't make your short list: allergies.

Though most common allergies won't affect your visit, some people have reactions to latex, anesthesia,1 and, in rare cases, certain metals used in fillings, crowns, or partial dentures.2, 3 Even if you don't think your allergy is something that is cause for concern, it's worth a quick discussion with your dentist.

If you do have an allergy to anesthesia, latex gloves or something else that's commonly used in dental practices, don't worry. There are safe alternatives for everything, and your dentist will be able to discuss options with you – for instance, neoprene or nitrile gloves instead of traditional latex.4