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Oral Health and Your Kidneys

Oral Health and Your Kidneys

Sometimes it is easy to forget that everything in our body is connected. An issue in one area can lead to problems in a completely different area. This is particularly evident when taking a look at the effects of kidney disease on oral health. Patients with kidney disease tend to show signs in the mouth. The following is information about these symptoms.

Xerostomia

A dry mouth is not just frustrating, but a serious situation, as well. The teeth need saliva to combat bacteria from becoming plaque and causing cavities. Issues with the kidney can lead to this risk due to an altered fluid intake, or high levels of urea nitrogen. Experts will often recommend dialysis to eliminate urea from the blood and correct this issue. Staying away from salty and spicy foods, as well as drinking small amounts of water throughout the day may also help.

Halitosis

Bad breath and a change in how foods taste are common signs in those suffering from kidney disease. This is also caused by excess urea in the blood not being filtered out by the kidneys. Once in the mouth, the urea turns into foul smelling ammonia. While your kidney issues must be addressed to cure halitosis, drinking a lot of water and visiting your dentist regularly can help.

Periodontitis

Because kidney disease causes a weakened immune system, infections are more common, including in the gums. Because calcium levels are low, the jaw bone can begin to diminish, as well. Kidney patients with gingivitis or periodontitis should attend dental exams frequently so an expert can monitor their gum health.

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