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Medical Conditions that Put You at Risk for Dental Decay Marietta, GA

Medical Conditions that Put You at Risk for Dental Decay

Dental Care Marietta GA

What happens in the mouth doesn’t always stay in the mouth. The same is true with the rest of your body. In fact, there are some health conditions within other functions of your body that can inadvertently affect your mouth. More specifically, you may be battling a chronic medical condition that puts you at a higher risk for cavities.

Tooth decay isn’t always caused by too much sugar and poor brushing habits. Dental decay can also be a side effect or warning sign of something much bigger or more serious going on inside your body. Here are three common diseases that can cause or largely contribute to tooth decay:

#1 Diabetes

Diabetes and dental health can be a two-way street. In other words, poor oral health can make your diabetes worse and poorly managed diabetes can also cause harm your teeth and gums. Whether you have type I or type II diabetes, your body’s blood sugar is elevated and your mouth can be affected. One of the most common drawbacks is a dry mouth, or xerostomia. Our teeth need proper amounts of saliva to protect against decay-causing bacteria and acids. Therefore, diabetics often suffer from frequent cavities as well as gum disease.

#2 Autoimmune Conditions

Autoimmune conditions can involve an expansive list of diseases in which the body attacks itself. One of the most known autoimmune diseases to impact oral health is Sjögren’s syndrome. Just like diabetes, Sjögren’s reduces the amount of saliva the mouth produces, which has the same detrimental effects on dental health. It becomes important for these patients to monitor their oral health more closely and even consider oral care products designed to boost saliva production.

#3 Anorexia and Bulimia

While it may not be a condition you were born with, anorexia and bulimia are eating disorders that impact the body as well as the mouth. They develop from an intense fear of gaining weight and either involve eating very few calories or regurgitating food. While there are many functions and parts of the body to suffer during these eating disorders, your teeth can be especially compromised. Not only are your teeth and gums not getting the nutrients they need to maintain optimal health, but bulimic patients may also have severe erosion due to the frequent contact of stomach acids during vomiting. Enamel erosion puts your teeth at significant risk for cavities since the outer protective layer is weakened.

Disclose Your Complete Medical History

At Gilreath Dental, we always ask for your full medical history when you visit us. There’s good reason for this. If you suffer from an overall health condition, it could influence the way we need to care for your smile. Prevention is paramount when it comes to your dental health. Call our Marietta office today to schedule your checkup!



Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

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Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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