People who have Chronic Kidney Disease and/or Diabetes know that the diseases can unfortunately harm their eyes, nerves, heart and other important systems in the body. Many, however, do not know that Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes can also cause problems in their mouth. The side effects can be devastating to your overall dental health and your teeth specifically. Do you know why? Well, it is because Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease can weaken the immune system which is the body's main defense against bacterial infections which can occur in the mouth.
Did you know that those with Chronic Kidney Disease and/or Diabetes are at an elevated risk for Periodontal Disease (an infection of the gum and bone that hold the teeth in place)? Periodontal disease can lead to painful chewing difficulties, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. Another complication such as Dry Mouth can cause soreness, ulcers, infections, and tooth decay. Dry Mouth is often found in Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes and even more frequently, Dialysis patients.
People with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes additionally face a higher risk of gum inflammation (swelling) which includes Gingivitis (Gum Disease). This is due to blood vessel complications which may thicken and slow the flow of nutrients to and waste products from body tissues, including the mouth and reduce the body's ability to fight infections.
If you have a burning sensation in your mouth and/or on your tongue, you may have a disease called Thrush. People with Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease who frequently take antibiotics to fight various infections are especially prone to developing this fungal infection of the mouth and tongue. The fungus thrives on the high levels of sugar in the saliva, especially in people with uncontrolled Diabetes.
Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes patients who require oral surgery or other dental procedures typically do not heal quickly afterward because blood flow to the treatment site can be impaired. For that reason, Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients are advised to tell their Primary Physician when a dental procedure is required so wound healing can be appropriately monitored.
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Although Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients may be occupied with treating their primary disease(s), they should find time to visit their Dentist and use other measures to prevent mouth complications. By following their Dentist’s recommendations regarding brushing, flossing, exams twice a year and professional teeth cleaning, patients can help their teeth and gums stay healthy.
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If you are a Dialysis patient be sure to tell your Dentist, or whoever is taking your blood pressure while visiting your Dentist's Office, where your AV Fistula is located to prevent them from placing a Blood Pressure Cuff on your Fistula Arm. What's more is pick up your Fistula Protector Wristband which can help further improve the safety of your Fistula Arm should you be unable to speak for yourself in an emergency situation. Learn more at kidneybuzz.com/fistula.
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