Medical Conditions That Affect Your Oral Health
Did you know that the health of your mouth reveals signs of certain health issues? Think of your mouth as a window to the overall health of your body. There are certain medical issues that negatively impact your teeth and gums that you might not think of, such as:
- Osteoporosis — Osteoporosis is a disease that reduces the density and quality of bone. It causes bones to become more fragile and speeds the progression of bone loss, including in the jaw. It can also lead to tooth loss.
- Cancer — Besides the disease, the immune weakening treatments and medications that fight cancer affect your oral health. For example, radiation therapy can lead to extreme dry mouth, which increases chances of tooth decay.
- Diabetes — This disease increases the risk of periodontal disease, which is an infection of the gums. Diabetes causes increased glucose levels in the saliva, which promotes the buildup of plaque and can lead to tooth decay.
- Eating disorders — With bulimia, frequent vomiting will cause harsh acids from the stomach to damage the tooth enamel. Anorexia, on the other hand depletes the body’s nutrient levels, causing the teeth and bones to weaken.
- Alzheimer’s disease — Alzheimer patients are more likely to lose track of their daily routines and self-care regimens, such as brushing their teeth.
The link between overall health and oral health cannot be underestimated. We are happy to educate patients in patients in Wayne, NJ on the importance of dental health. For more information please call our office today or c with our dental health team.