Medical Conditions that Affect Your Teeth

It is not well known that some medical conditions can affect the teeth and gums with serious consequences. Brooklyn DentistFor example, the strong stomach acid of a patient who suffers from Acid Reflux can dissolve tooth enamel. The release of this acid is so strong it has been known to corrode the patient’s back teeth. It is recommended that the patient rinse his or her mouth to reduce the acid and to refrain from eating before bedtime.

Additional medical conditions that can wreak havoc on teeth and gums include the following:

  • Stomach Ulcers: This condition does not cause the teeth problems directly, but the medicine used to cure it can turn the patient’s teeth black. The good news is that once the treatment is completed, the tongue returns to its healthy color.
  • Chronic Kidney Disease: One of the major signs of kidney disease is a fish or ammonia odor emanating from the patient’s breath. If not treated with filters to clean the kidneys, it’s possible the patient’s breath can smell like the person’s urine.
  • Diabetes: It’s been shown that individuals with diabetes have more instances of gum disease, cavities, and loss of teeth. In order to ward off these harmful occurrences, the Diabetes patient should pay extra attention to his or her oral health care at home.
  • High Blood Pressure: In addition to the dangers of High Blood Pressure, patients with this condition are often put on medicine that negatively impacts the gums. A harmful side effect that comes with certain medicines and cause swollen gums that can protrude over the teeth.

Ronald I. Teichman, D.D. S., is a Brooklyn dentist who is knowledgeable about treating patients with tooth problems caused by medical diseases.