No one likes to think about it but the fact is that at some point in our lives we may have to undergo medical treatment that could have an impact on our teeth. The most common reason for this is treatment for Cancer. On the other hand, some diseases might first be identified by a Dentist because of the impact the disease has on your mouth, teeth and gums. Today we will look at just three conditions but take this opportunity to remind patients that if problems with your teeth appear persistent and without any other obvious cause, perhaps a visit to both your Dentist and your Doctor are in order.
Gastrointestinal disease is probably the most common cause of potential problems in the mouth. This may be in part related to the change in the condition of the stomach acids caused by gastrointestinal disorders. Both Celiac and Crohn’s Disease for example, can be culprits. Celiac disease can cause tooth discoloration, creating white, yellow or brown spots on the teeth as well as the potential for pitting and even translucent looking teeth. Crohn’s patients may experience a greater tendency toward cavities, ulcers of the mouth, mucogingivitis and the same tooth discoloration issues as those with Celiac. Often, if patients are placed into an immuno-suppressed state through medication, this too can affect both the condition of the teeth and how your Dentist, or the team here at Brinkley are able to treat you. A patient who is immuno-suppressed must take special precautions and certain considerations must be put into place prior to treatment occurring.
Speaking of immuno-suppression, let’s talk about those currently living with Cancer. This disease too can wreak potential havoc with your teeth, mouth and gums. As a first rule of thumb, it is recommended any necessary dental treatment be completed prior to the onset of either radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Both can cause a number of complications for patients including inflammation (oral mucositis), infection, mouth dryness from impact on the salivary glands, bleeding, tooth pain and/or burning sensation and more. Unfortunately, treatment can even lead to the potential for future tooth decay. Caring for your teeth throughout treatment is therefore very important. A blog is certainly not the best place to discuss these concerns but is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about them! With this in mind, today we will end with this advice: The Brampton Brinkley Dental team takes these conditions, their impact on your teeth and any potential treatment during these difficult times very seriously. We recommend a one on one consultation to explore all your treatment options and whatever preventative measures can be put in place. Contact us today if you have concerns or questions and in the meantime ”don’t forget to be a BFF with your mouth and Brush that SMILE!”