Treating Gum Conditions In Kidney Disease Patients

People who are affected by chronic kidney disease often have poor health outcomes because of an increase in cardiovascular disease. Some studies have shown that those with kidney disease  are linked to gum conditions such as periodontitis.

Treating periodontitis can significantly reduce the risk of fatal heart disease in these patients with chronic kidney disease. Studies show that more than 85% of these patients do have gum disease because of failure to remove dental plaque. Bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause clots and narrowing of arteries.

Read more about this study on Medical News Today here: Treating A Common Gum Condition Could Reduce Risks Of Heart Attacks In Kidney Disease Patients|Medical News Today.

Health Conditions Your Dentist Can Spot

health conditions your dentist can spotYou know that your dentist can find cavities and other issues related to your mouth, but did you know that they may be able to spot other diseases related to the rest of your body? We’ve been told that our oral health is related to our overall health.  Here are some of the health conditions your dentist can spot.

Diabetes – When a patient has periodontitis, or inflammation around the gums, your dentist may refer you for a diabetes evaluation.  Dentists worry when someone who has an otherwise clean healthy mouth still has a periodontal problem.  Another common sign dentists look for is bad breath.

Heart disease – People with periodontal disease are more likely to develop heart disease.  If periodontal disease is treated, heart disease is greatly improved.

Dementia – A British study found that lack of teeth is associated with mental decline.  It found that adults with poor dental hygiene were 76 percent more likely to develop dementia.

Osteoporosis – Your dentist may be able to spot bone loss in the surrounding structures of your teeth, like the jaw. Healthy bone should be dense both at the edges and the interior, and when it’s not, the patient is more likely to have osteoporosis.

Acid reflux disease – If you have acid reflux disease, the constant uprising of stomach acid wears away at your tooth enamel. Dentists look for this erosion especially at the front lower teeth.

Heart Disease, Brittle Bone, and Other Scary Diseases Your Dentist Can Spot|Yahoo Health

How Oral Hygiene Affects The Rest Of Your Body

oral hygieneWe all know by now that our oral hygiene affects the rest of our bodies. In an article by Rachael Rettner from, she writes more about this.

Oral hygiene is related to diabetes. Diabetes changes the blood vessels which can weaken the gums and make them more vulnerable to infection. Dentists can play a role in diagnosing diabetes because of this.

Heart disease is linked with periodontal disease as well. A previous study found that people with periodontal disease had a 19 percent increased risk for developing heart disease.

Some other things that oral health are linked to are pregnancy and risk of preterm birth, knee arthritis, respiratory illness and more.  Read the full article here: How Oral Hygiene Affects the Rest of You.

Medications, Heart Disease and Your Teeth

In an articl12498118-red-heart-pulsee from Navid Javadi, DMD, he discusses the fact that certain medications can cause problems with your mouth and teeth and studies have shown that poor oral hygiene can actually lead to heart disease. The best precaution is to ask your doctor if any medications he/she is prescribing might have a detrimental effect on your teeth or mouth.

Poor dental hygiene can cause a lot of problems outside your mouth including with your heart. Medical research has found a definite link between heart disease and certain kinds of oral infections, like gum disease. Infections and harmful bacteria in your mouth can spread through the bloodstream to your liver, which produces harmful proteins that can lead to systemic cardiac problems.

To learn more about medications and their effects on your mouth and teeth and how this can lead to heart disease, read the full article here: