How can CKD Patients Correct the Bad Taste in Their Mouth

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Many people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), especially those on dialysis, complain about having a bad taste and odor in their mouths. It is believed that this occurs because NOT enough Urea Nitrogen (BUN) is being removed from the blood in a timely fashion, and the urea breaks down to form ammonia. A bad taste in your mouth can cause you to lose your appetite and may even cause you to vomit. Therefore, taking proactive measures to mitigate these symptoms is very important to for your wellbeing. Also, skeletal changes occur because your body may not be able to absorb calcium properly. People with CKD are known to lose bone from their jaws and their teeth may become loose and painful.

There are numerous complications of renal disease which affect your dental treatment. They include anorexia, anemia, hypertension and heart disease, as well as xerostomia (dry mouth), periodontal (gum) disease, loose teeth, tooth lose, and inflammation of the mouth and salivary glands. Some of these symptoms are caused by the disease, but others can be caused by medications and other regiments of your treatment plans. 

First CKD patients should remember to scrap their tongue often when brushing their teeth. Also, limit your protein intake since urea nitrogen is the end product of protein, and by limiting it you will reduce the urea nitrogen concentration in your blood. recommends that if you are on dialysis, you should visit your dentist regularly. S/he should carefully consider the medications you are taking  and how well you metabolize them before prescribing any additional medications, sense some medications may build up in your body until your next dialysis treatment.



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