For example, Diabetes can reduce one’s ability to fight infection. If a diabetic has frequently high blood glucose levels, they are more susceptible to gum disease. But, the reverse is also true. If they have gum disease, it is harder to maintain the appropriate blood glucose level. Often, we shorten the interval between dental cleanings for those with diabetes.
The autoimmune disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, makes people almost eight times more likely to have gum disease. They have difficulty cleaning their teeth due to sore joints and stiffness. That’s when we step in with devices and modifications to daily brushing and flossing, making the process easier. Fortunately, some early research has demonstrated that treating the gum inflammation actually helps reduce the joint inflammation and pain.
Osteoporosis has the potential to make the bones of the mouth brittle, especially in the presence of bacteria that cause periodontitis (gum disease), which commonly stems from inadequate oral care. Tooth loss is more common and caution is necessary for any tooth extractions.
Sjogren’s Syndrome effects almost 4 million Americans, causing them to have extremely dry eyes and mouths. Without saliva to coat the inside of the mouth, diluting the effects of sugar that cause decay and increasing the bacterial count that creates inflamed gums, these people are more susceptible to dental problems. Certain medications, such as some antidepressants and pain killers, cold symptom relief like decongestants, and antihistamines for allergy relief also reduce the amount of moisture in the mouth.
Perhaps now you understand why our practice asks patients to update their medical history and provide the contact information for their physician and specialists. We consider this the highest standard of care for our patients.
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