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Medical Conditions that Influence Dental Care

By pamelali, in Articles, on May 16, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Most people think of regular dental appointments as important for your dental health, but dental visits are also a time when healthcare professionals can spot other medical problems.
“It’s essential that patients tell their dentists about any changes in their medical condition,” explains Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa smile makeover provider. The following medical conditions can be spotted by a dentist in a regular appointment:

  • thyroid problems
  • iron deficiency/anemia
  • leukemia

This article will address three additional medical conditions in detail below.   Diabetes: “Diabetes is linked with gum disease in two different ways,” notes Li, an Ottawa dentures provider. “First, diabetes can cause gum disease and other infections in the mouth.  But, researchers have also found that existing gum disease can increase blood sugar levels and exacerbate diabetes.”

Dentists sometimes suspect diabetes when we see certain types of oral health problems such as dry mouth, taste impairment, fungal infections, poor healing and infections. “If you know you have diabetes, be sure to inform us and let us know how you are treating the condition,” advises Li, an Ottawa dental bridge provider.

Oral Cancer: Oral cancer has a higher mortality rate than either breast or prostate cancer, with close to one in three patients succumbing to it.  However, it can be treated successfully if it is detected early.  And, dentists are on the front line of early detection. “We can notice subtle changes in your mouth that you might not detect and refer you for further testing,” explains Li, an Ottawa teeth cleaning provider.
Risk factors for oral cancer include smoking, high alcohol consumption, a history of human papillomavirus infection (HPV), or a diet low in fruits and vegetables. Be sure to notify us if you have unusual sores, lumps, or patches on your lips or gums that last more than two weeks. Other symptoms include pain, numbness, bleeding, or swelling.

Eating Disorders: Bulimia and anorexia nervosa not only lead to excessive weight loss, but even can cause death. Bulimic patients usually vomit a lot; the constant exposure to stomach acid deteriorates the tooth enamel leading to worn teeth and other oral health problems. In addition, if you are not eating properly, you are starving the body of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that it needs to maintain good oral health.

“Many patients don’t like to admit to having an eating disorder, but we can help protect your teeth if we know what’s going on,” notes Li, an Ottawa, ON dental implants provider. “And we can help you get treatment for the condition.”
Li is the person to look for if you want to find a dentist in Ottawa, ON.

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