On 1 November 2018 the first edition of “Happy 1/2 Hour with an Expert in Haemophilia Care” took place. We had invited Dr Alison Dougall from Ireland to chat with our participants about the importance of the dental care for haemophilia patients with inhibitors.

There were several topics discussed during the video conference, such as protecting mouth against sugar, oral hygiene and orthodontics. Please read the highlights below. 

Why are sweets, a lot of sweets a problem? And how to protect your mouth?

  • We can eat sugar during a meal time as the desert but NOT necessarily an hour later;
  • We can make sure we have got saliva flowing when we are having sugar;
  • We can use fluoride toothpaste twice a day;
  • We can chew gum just for 10-15 minutes following a meal or we can eat something at the end of the meal which has got alkaline in it e. g. cheese or grapes.
  • We can switch our sweets away 🙂

For more detailed advice see the full conversation about Eating_sugar.

What if we were to make a protocol for the dental care for people with inhibitors, what would it be like? And how does French cheese come into the picture? Read more in the full conversation about Oral_hygiene.

Is orthodontics at all an option for people with inhibitors? Find out about braces and dental implants in the chat about Orthodontics.

 

Who is currently at the biggest risk of dental problems? No, it is not children. The way people are ageing nowadays pose different problems than a broken dentures. What are those? Read more about Ageing_and_dental_care.

Finally, knowledgeable patients and doctors is the key to successful dental management of people with inhibitors. What do you need to know? Read here –  Knowledgeable_doctors_and_patients.

Dr Dougall has kindly provided us with further reading as well: GNS2011_Dental_Care.

We send a million thanks to Dr Dougall for the lovely and very educational chat!