Medical Conditions And Oral Health

Medical Conditions And Oral Health

How illnesses and medications can present additional challenges to our teeth and gums.

Many dental problems arise due to neglect, or accidents. This is not always the case though, and certain medical conditions and treatments can present additional challenges when it comes to having a healthy mouth.

This does not necessarily mean that eventual tooth loss is inevitable, but it does mean that more frequent visits to our Chelmsford dental practice are recommended to stay on top of any issues that may arise.

In today’s blog post, we take a look at a couple of relatively common health problems which impact upon our teeth, along with how some medication can also present challenges.

Diabetes

Diabetes is an increasing problem in the western world. Our refined diet and sugar consumption, along with a reduction in physical activity has seen obesity and diabetes soar. Whilst some people think that diabetes can be controlled with relative ease, the reality is that it can have some serious side effects. This is certainly the case when it comes to our oral health. The most common issue for diabetics is that of gum disease. This is caused by higher levels than normal of glucose in the saliva, and this, combined with an increased tendency to suffer from a dry mouth, provides an ideal environment for gingival bacteria to breed.

Good home oral health care, including interdental cleaning, is essential for diabetics. At Blue Sky Dental in Chelmsford we are also likely to ask you to visit us more frequently for your oral checks so that we can monitor and help maintain your oral health.

Eating disorders

Two of the most common eating disorders can have a devastating effect on a person’s teeth and gums. Anorexics, by the very nature of their illness, will almost certainly lack the vitamins and minerals that help to keep teeth and gums healthy. In the case of bulimics, this is magnified by the tendency to binge eat and then vomit. The act of vomiting causes stomach acids to come into contact with the teeth. Over time, this attacks the enamel layer of the teeth, causing exposure to the dentin layer, usually followed by dental decay.

Whilst these patients will naturally need to receive treatment and advice from medical practitioners, they can help to reduce any damage done to their teeth through professional dental care. We have a number of dental specialists at our Chelmsford practice who are able to help with a wide range of problems that may arise.

Medication

Some medicines are known to contribute to oral health issues. The most common effects noted are that of dry mouth, bone loss and sore or inflamed gums which may discourage efficient brushing and flossing. It is essential that you do not stop taking your medication if any issues do arise but you may wish to discuss this with your doctor who may be able to offer alternative medication in some cases. If you have a medical condition, live in the Chelmsford area, and are not registered with a dental practice, why not contact Blue Sky Dental today on 01245 211070 and take the first step to restoring your mouth to a healthy state? Our experienced team will be pleased to advise and assist.

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