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3 Medical Conditions Associated with Tooth Loss

April 30, 2018

Man holding cheek in painMost of the time, a lost tooth is about poor oral health. However, there are also numerous medical conditions that can increase patients’ risks for tooth loss. In order to keep your smile whole and healthy, a good dentist will want to partner with you to maintain the optimal level of whole body health as well. We all want to be healthier and knowing more about the medical conditions that can adversely affect your oral health makes it easier for you to avoid unnecessary tooth loss and maintain optimal oral health. If you do lose a tooth, your dentist can also provide a wide array of restorative solutions like dental implants to repair your smile.

1 – Diabetes

Patients with diabetes experienced significantly impeded immune function. For this reason, even the simplest scratch can cause significant, lingering pain. For patients with diabetes, a mild case of gum disease can be difficult to recover from. This increases diabetic patients’ risk to experience advanced gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss. If you suffer from diabetes, let your dentist know right away. Your dentist can cater your preventive dentistry routine to minimize the potentially damaging oral bacteria to avoid gum disease and maintain optimal oral health.

2 – Hormonal Imbalance

Changes in hormone levels for men and women have been associated with poor oral health and increased risk for tooth loss. When hormones are not balanced, patients’ oral health can decline even with effective oral hygiene. For this reason, your dental team will want to help you take special care of your smile, during times of fluctuation in your hormonal balance.

3 – Osteoporosis

Patients who suffer from osteoporosis often take antiresorptive agents to help slow the loss of bone density and start fortifying their healthy bone tissues. Unfortunately, these medications can have negative effects on the jawbone, leading to an oral health concern called osteonecrosis. This oral health condition may lead to jaw pain, swelling, changes in the function of the jaw, numbness, and tooth loss. If you’re suffering with osteoporosis, let your dentist know right away, so we can monitor changes in your oral health and function and take action right away if we notice signs of osteonecrosis.

Meet Dr. Geach

Your skilled Los Angeles dentist, Adam Geach, DMD, MD, is dedicated to helping patients maintain the optimal level of oral and whole body health. With a patient-centered dental practice philosophy, Dr. Geach is your partner in achieving and maintaining complete health for life. At Geach Dental, we will work with you to create a customized preventive dentistry plan to help you avoid health concerns. However, for those patients who do experience tooth loss for any reason, we can repair your smile with implant supported tooth replacements as well as traditional bridges, partials, and full dentures. Give our team a call to find out more or schedule an appointment with us.

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