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Did you know there are certain medical conditions that can harm your smile and alter your oral health? Well, it’s true, unfortunately. This is why it’s important to do all you can to take good care of your teeth and gums on a regular basis. That way you’ll increase your chances of having a top-notch oral health despite the medical conditions. The most common conditions that can attack your smile include:

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 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 gum disease can affect your oral health by causing bad breath. It can make your breath smell like fish or urine. If you experience these symptoms, it’s best to visit your doctor right away.

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.

To learn how to keep your smile in tip-top shape while you suffer from these medical conditions, please call Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta at (404) 321-4588. Dr. Brett Langston and Dr. Maria Pappas also encourage you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible if you have any oral health concerns in Decatur, Georgia. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!