If you are suffering from kidney disease or other kidney issues, your oral health may also be affected. This makes it especially important that you care for your teeth properly. By better understanding how your kidney health might affect your teeth and gums, you can take steps to keep your mouth healthy .
Bad Breath and Kidney Disease
Don't neglect your oral health if you are living with kidney disease. People who suffer from this condition are at a heightened risk for halitosis, as the kidneys aren't able to remove urea from the blood. Once broken down, urea becomes a form of ammonia, which may lead to an unpleasant smell permeating from the mouth.
Gum Disease and Kidney Disease
Studies have also found a connection between people with kidney disease – including those on dialysis – and periodontal disease. Researchers found that these patents are more likely to suffer from gum disease than the general population. Kidney disease weakens the immune system, which can make you highly susceptible to infections. When bacteria build up in the mouth, infections of the gum can occur.
Bone Loss and Kidney Disease
Another oral health concern for people with kidney disease is bone loss. Calcium imbalances can weaken the bone, leading to losses in the jaw. Weakened bones can also cause the teeth to weaken or even fall out. For these reasons, it is important to prevent bone loss by maintaining healthy levels of calcium and phosphorous in your diet.
If you have kidney disease or any other health concern, it is important that you let us know. Understanding your health issues is an important part to finding a well-rounded oral health treatment plan. A healthy mouth often leads to a healthy body, and we want to help you to stay healthy all-around. Call us today to set up your next appointment.
Century Dental Dr. Jefferson Call, DMD & Dr. Dix Densley, DDS