How can medical conditions affect oral health?

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How can medical conditions affect oral health?

A number of underlying health conditions may have an impact on your oral health.

Research shows that there is a strong connection between oral health and overall health. In fact, maintaining the health of your teeth and gums can go a long way in preventing a range of issues from developing. If, however, you suffer from an illness, you might notice an effect on your teeth and gums. Read on to find out which conditions might be affecting your oral health and how we can help…

Diabetes puts gums at risk of infection

Individuals who suffer from diabetes have a reduced resistance to infection. This in turn puts the gums at increased risk of infection. In fact, people with diabetes generally appear to suffer from more frequent and severe gum disease than others. Interestingly, studies also suggest that those who have gum disease often struggle to keep their blood sugar levels under control.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, we highly recommend that you come in for regular check-ups. Your dentist will look for any signs of gum disease and tooth decay and provide treatment as early as possible to prevent complications from developing in the future.  To find out more about what happens at a dental check-up and clean, have a look here.

Alzheimer’s disease has been linked with poor oral health

Individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease often experience a deterioration in oral health as their condition progresses over time. Many Alzheimer’s patients forget to brush and floss their teeth, or become resistant to help from other people. If you have a loved one who has the condition, we encourage you to bring them in to see us as regularly as possible. Regular check-ups and cleans can go a long way in keeping teeth and gums healthy for as long as possible.

Whether you suffer from a health condition or not, we recommend that you come in and see us for regular dental check-ups and cleans. We offer a number of preventative treatments designed to help maintain your oral health, as well as cosmetic, restorative, and orthodontic procedures. For a full list of the treatments that we offer, please have a look here.

If you would like to make an appointment to see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to welcoming you to our family-friendly practice. We pride ourselves on providing high quality service and encourage preventative treatments in order to prevent the onset of oral diseases and complications in the future. Early intervention is key in maintaining oral health, as well as overall health.

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