Worst Diseases for One's Dental Health

Worst Diseases for One's Dental Health

by Alex Hirsch (SU)

Eating right, brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist twice a year. No matter how well you take care of your teeth, there are certain illnesses and medical conditions that can take their toll on your dental health. Here are some of the worse offenders that may prompt additional dental attention outside of your regular six-month check-ups.

Diabetes

Most people think about insulin and blood sugar levels when talking about diabetes, however, if a person has diabetes, they run a significantly higher risk of gum disease, cavities, and tooth loss. If you do have diabetes, be extra vigilant with regard to your oral health, and be sure to advise your dentist of your condition.

Stomach Ulcers

Ulcers present as small sores in the stomach lining or small intestine. Often the result of the bacterium H. pylori, stomach ulcers can and will weaken the stomach’s protective coating. While ulcers don’t necessary affect teeth, the most commonly prescribed medications absolutely will impact the health of your teeth.

Acid Reflux

Many times a dentist is the person who diagnoses acid reflux disease. Patients with this condition will have erosion, especially on the back teeth as a result of stomach acids eating away the protective enamel covering of a tooth. Rinsing with water following an episode is recommended, but don’t think of brushing the taste away as toothbrush bristles can damage enamel softened by the presence of acids.

High Blood Pressure

Affecting millions of Americans, high blood pressure doesn’t really impact one’s oral health, but the medication to treat high blood pressure can wreak havoc on a person’s gums. Even worse, tooth and gum decay are rarely, if ever, listed as a possible side effect so be sure to ask your doctor if your medicine will impact your dental health and advise both your doctor and dentist of any unusual side effects.

Kidney Disease

Breath that smells like fish or ammonia may be indicative of kidney disease. As the kidneys lose their ability to filter waste and toxins from the blood, the odor becomes more pronounced; if left untreated the breath may start to smell like urine which is a sign that your kidneys may be in dire health.

Dentists are Doctors Also

Just a reminder that your dentist is a vital member of your healthcare team. Most dentists are quick to advise a patient of symptoms they run across and some are terrific at diagnosing illnesses whose symptoms present orally. Speak frankly about your overall health and advise your dentist of any medical conditions you may be taking, as well as any diseases or conditions you are being treated for. Dr. Ari Binder of 360 Dental can assist patients who fight any disease on two fronts; In the body and in the mouth. Call Dr. Binder today at (541) 689-1645, or click here to schedule an appointment online!