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Could Anemia Harm Your Oral Health?

Posted on 10/30/2019 by Michael Bleyzer, DDS
Could Anemia Harm Your Oral Health?For those who are not aware of what happens orally after an anemia diagnosis, here is. The body does not get an adequate supply of blood that is oxygen-rich.

Serious problems can be heart failure, but it also can cause issues in your mouth, mainly periodontists or gum disease as we call it. With anemia, you become iron deficient or even just vitamin deficient. If that happens, you are prone to tooth decay, gum disease, and at risk for other infections like ulcers or problems on your tongue.

What Are the Signs Anemia Is Affecting My Oral Health?

We can see the most common symptoms when you have anemia in the mouth. You will develop sores and notice a reduced feeling in your sense of taste. Not so common side effects are burning of the tongue and mouth discoloration. If you develop any of these types of mouth infections, they need to be addressed immediately. They can spread to your bloodstream, then into the rest of your body and put you at risk for heart disease.

Oral Care When You Have Anemia

The bottom line when you have anemia is that you have to practice impeccable oral care. Brushing twice per day with an ADA approved electric toothbrush for two minutes in the morning and night. Floss once per day. Your teeth are like a castle without an outer wall. You are under attack after each meal. Remember though, wait 30 minutes after each meal to brush. Your enamel softens slightly during meals; if you immediately brush, you can brush some enamel away, putting you further at risk. 

If you start to notice any plaque built up flossing doesn't remove, or you notice discoloration or blisters in your mouth. Call our office immediately for a check-up. You may need work done to remove plaque before it causes a cavity or in need of antibiotics. We are here to help. Don't hesitate to give us a call if something looks questionable. 
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