How Your Oral Health Affects Your Kidneys
The human body is complex, with problems in one system potentially impacting the health of other systems. There is a connection between the health of your mouth and the health of your kidneys.
Scientists have discovered that those who have kidney disease are more prone to diseases involving the teeth and gums. Kidney problems can lead to a weakened immune system, making it easier for infections and disease to occur. Dry mouth and bad breath can also occur from kidney disease or some of the medications that are used to control these conditions. Dry mouth can lead to an increased risk of plaque buildup, often leading to increased tooth decay or gum disease. Certain kidney medications may also reduce the body’s ability to absorb calcium, leading to the loss of bone tissue in the jaw that could cause tooth loss.
While this may not seem to be a major area of concern, this can actually lead to more serious complications that can even be life threatening. Scientists have already discovered a connection between poor oral health and the development of gum disease. Gum disease can cause excess bacteria to get into the blood stream, increasing an individual’s risk of developing heart problems or a stroke.
The connection between kidney disease and oral health has been proven. Now scientists are trying to determine if gum disease may increase the problems associated with kidney disease. Treating your oral problems is good for your overall health, and maybe your kidneys as well.
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