The Ontario Dental Association provides a range of information regarding medical conditions that can have a negative impact on an individual’s oral health. For example, research indicates that individuals living with diabetes have a higher risk of developing oral infections and gum disease. The development of gum disease, meanwhile, can increase blood sugar levels, exacerbating diabetic complications throughout the body and leading to serious health concerns, including premature kidney degeneration.
Bulimia and anorexia nervosa are eating disorders that directly relate to poor oral health, among a number of other critical health conditions. As the body fails to receive the minerals and vitamins it needs to properly function, teeth and gum integrity begin to suffer. Furthermore, eating disorders that involve binge eating and vomiting subject the mouth to a great deal of acidic activity that can destroy teeth enamel and impact a person's throat and glands.
Additional medical conditions that can affect oral health include temporomandibular disorder (TMD), oral cancer, and iron deficiency. To learn more about the relationship between medical conditions and oral health, please visit the Ontario Dental Association online at YourOralHealth.ca.