Though sometimes overlooked, optimal oral care often proves critical for an individual’s general health. However, in persons with certain illnesses, even good habits, such as brushing, flossing and using mouthwash might not be enough to maintain quality dental health.

Studio B Smiles invites the residents of Scottsdale, Phoenix and neighboring Arizona cities to read the following short blog highlighting several medical conditions possessing the capacity to exercise an adverse impact upon oral health.


The bodies of persons with this systemic and chronic ailment lose the ability to properly synthesize glucose, known to many as sugar. Therefore, the saliva of diabetics often contain excessive concentrations of glucose, which has been known to damage teeth. Moreover, said subjects often experience dry mouth. Each of these issues could contribute to bacterial overgrowth, tooth damage and ultimately, decay.

Acid Reflux Disease

Stomach acid trickles into the esophagus of those afflicted with this illness. Over time, this corrosive substance can gradually damage dental components, like tooth enamel. Should this damage grow pronounced, stricken subjects could experience tooth decay.

Immune System Ailments

The mouths of individuals diagnosed with various immune system disorders might be susceptible to an increased risk of microbial infections. Notable diseases, include, AIDS and lupus.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders, such as anorexia often precipitate potentially severe dental problems. Those experiencing these issues often experience significant nutritional deficiencies that weaken teeth and other oral components.

Use Of Specific Medications

In certain instances, medications prescribed to treat certain illnesses. For example, preparations created to address issues, such as, high blood pressure and gastric ulcers could precipitate potentially problematic issues, like, swollen gums.

Steps Impacted Subjects Can Take

Specific therapeutic protocols will depend upon the underlying condition and said ailment’s severity. In some cases, corralling the offending ailment might eliminate or prevent associated dental concerns. Should medications be to blame, lowering dosages or identifying suitable alternatives may prove beneficial.

That said, individuals with any of the preceding issues are strongly encouraged to obtain more routine examinations from oral care professionals, adhere to a strict brushing and flossing schedule, avoiding sugary foods and curtailing or quitting potentially detrimental vices, such as, cigarette smoking or the excessive intake of alcoholic beverages.

Contacting Us

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