It is no secret that if you want to keep your teeth, you have to take care of them. Daily brushing, flossing, and regular trips to the dentist help in the battle to keep your teeth and mouth healthy. But did you know that underlying health issues can also take a toll on your teeth? While it is extremely important for everyone to keep a healthy dental regime, if you have any of the following health issues, you may want to speak to your dentist.
Diabetes can take a toll on your body, causing many health issues including - but not limited to - problems with your eyes and nerves. However, you may not be aware that diabetes can also wreak oral havoc. Not only raising your risk for periodontal disease, a bone and gum infection that can lead to tooth loss, diabetes can also be an underlying cause for dry mouth. A condition that raises a host of oral issues, dry mouth can cause sores, infections, and tooth deterioration. How do you combat tooth loss and decay due to the side effects of diabetes? If you suffer from diabetes, you may need to visit your dentist a few times a year to have your teeth cleaned. Likewise, make sure that you brush and floss regularly, and ensure that you keep your blood glucose under control.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is not only damaging to your esophagus, chronic acid reflux is also damaging to your teeth. Acid reflux can occur while you are awake or asleep, flooding your mouth with destructive stomach acids that wear away the enamel on your pearly whites. The inside edge of your teeth nearest your tongue is particularly vulnerable. If you suffer from GERD, the first step to protecting your teeth is having your acid reflux treated. To reduce the risk of tooth erosion due to GERD, it is recommended that you do not brush your teeth right after reflux occurs. Instead, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water, or chew sugarless gum.
Osteoporosis is commonly associated with bone loss, particularly in the hips and spine; therefore, you may not think of osteoporosis as a condition that leads to tooth loss. However, osteoporosis has also been linked to loss of density in the jaw bone, a condition which can lead to tooth loss. In fact, women who are diagnosed with osteoporosis are up to three times more likely to lose their teeth. How do you protect your teeth if you have been diagnosed with a bone degenerating disease? You are recommended to keep your osteoporosis under control by seeing your doctor regularly, and ensure that you get enough vitamin D and calcium in your diet.
While there is no need to be unduly alarmed about losing your teeth, it is wise to see your doctor and dentists in the area regularly if you suffer from any of these health issues. They can advise you on the best course of action for your symptoms, and help you keep your beautiful smile for longer.Share