We know that when patients visit our office they are focused on their oral health. They want to get their cleaning or needed treatment and be on their way. Many patients are surprised to learn that we care about the state of your overall health as well. Different medical conditions and medications can change the way we treat your mouth and may change what we are looking for during your examination. For example, patients with various heart conditions need to take antibiotics before receiving a cleaning or dental treatment. Other medications that you may be prescribed can also change the environment of the mouth and leave a negative impact on your teeth and gums.