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Achieving a strong and healthy smile can be difficult at times, especially when certain medical conditions attack and harm your oral health without you even realizing it. This is why it’s important to keep your teeth and gums in mind on a regular basis. If you do so, the harmful medical conditions might not alter your oral health as much as they could. Common medical conditions that can attack the smile are:

Acid reflux: If you have acid reflux, your smile might suffer from enamel erosion. This is because the stomach acid is extremely powerful. When it is near your teeth, it can dissolve your enamel. You can protect your teeth throughout the day by frequently rinsing your mouth with water. Even though it might seem like a good idea, don’t brush your teeth right away.

Stomach ulcers: Stomach ulcers are extremely painful and inconvenient. Luckily, there is a medication that can help ease and eliminate the condition. However, the medication might turn your tongue black. But don’t worry! This side effect will go away once you’re done taking the medication.

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 would like to know more details about how to keep your oral health in tip-top shape while you have one or more of the mentioned medical conditions, then please feel free to call Fort Union Family Dental at 801-562-2147 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Todd Larsen. We are happy to meet with you and give you the information you need to achieve a top-notch oral health in Midvale, Utah. We look forward to hearing from you!