I am both cursed and blessed to married to a Dental Hygienist. Blessed because she takes really good care of my teeth (and because she is the love of my life) and cursed because she is constantly after me about my teeth. She and the dentist she works for have been very concerned about any steriod use and we really keep an eye on the bone density as it pertains to the jaw and bone surrounding my teeth.
Two other big issues to be aware of: 1) If you have had surgery with-in the year prior to seeing your dentist be sure to mention it before you have anything done...this means cleanings or anything. Surgery can lower your resistence to infection and work done in the mouth is a higher than normal risk for infection...so your dentist may want you to be on anti-b's either before or after treatment. The dentist may do nothing...may even be surprised that you bring it up....but it is better to be safe than sorry. Infections in the mouth are extremely dangerous because they are so close to the heart, brain and spine. You wuld be surprised by the number of people who die or get gravely ill every year due to mouth/tooth infections.
2) Have your dentist and or hygienist take a close look in your mouth at your gums. In the past year my wife has found 5 patients with the beginnings of oral cancer. All were caught in early stages and four of the five show no signs of complicatuions. Sadly, one of the five has now undergone two operations, had bone and tissue removed and the final outcome is still in question.....BUT...if left untreated and undetected all of the five could have faced serious life threatening issues. Even the one who is having to go through the radical treatments is better off ...he had his oncologist call my wife and the dentist (as well as send a letter) letting them know thatthe cancer was so aggressive that had they not found the tiny, tiny spot on his gums and insisted that he seek immediate testing...He would be dead.
I know so many of us are never hungry enough to eat....so what is the use of having teeth...but we do need them and more than that we need our entire mouths checked...it is not just healthy teeth...but healthy teeth, gums, and bone...it is everything.
Ok getting off my soapbox now.