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Sadly, there are certain medical conditions that can attack your teeth and gums and alter your oral health. This is why it’s important to take good care of your smile on a regular basis so your teeth, gums, and entire mouth don’t have to suffer. Some of the most common health issues that can affect your smile include:

Acid reflux: Acid reflux can attack your smile and oral health because the stomach acid that comes up can erode and dissolve your tooth enamel. This can increase your chances of falling victim to tooth decay and tooth sensitivity. To avoid the damaging effects of acid reflux, it’s best to rinse your mouth regularly throughout the day with water. Even though it might seem beneficial, please avoid brushing your teeth right away.

Stomach ulcers: Stomach ulcers can alter your life in a myriad of ways. Fortunately, there are medications that can help make your life a little easier. However, those medications can affect your smile by turning your tongue black. But don’t stress! That side effect should disappear once you complete treatment.

Chronic kidney disease: Chronic kidney disease can affect your smile. Oftentimes, it can cause fish or urine-smelling breath. If you experience these symptoms, please see your primary care physician as soon as possible.

Diabetes: Diabetes can increase your chances of falling victim to gum disease. This is because it alters your body’s immune system and allows the bacteria in your mouth to attack and irritate your gums. Diabetes can also cause tooth decay and tooth loss. To prevent these dental issues, it’s best to keep up on oral hygiene by brushing and flossing.

High blood pressure: High blood pressure is another condition that does not directly alter your oral health—but the medication does. The medication can cause gingival enlargement, which involves your gums swelling and growing over your smile.

If you take good care of your smile while you have one or more of the mentioned medical conditions, then you’ll have a high chance of maintaining or achieving a strong oral health in Carson City, Nevada. To learn more, please remember that you can always call G. Larry Leonakis DDS Inc. at 775-882-0635 and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Larry Leonakis if you have any concerns for your smile. We are happy to help you in any way we can!