How Your Oral Health Affects Your Kidneys
March is National Kidney Month and the perfect time to learn more about how your dental health may be connected to your kidney health. The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that are located just beneath the rib cage in the rear. Kidneys filter toxins, water, and waste materials from your blood and transform them into urine. Kidney function can be altered or damaged in someone with kidney disease, which can be caused by genetic factors, medications, or injuries. If you have kidney disease, you may be more susceptible to certain dental health problems.
The connection is partially linked to reduced immune function, which can leave your body more vulnerable to infections such as gum disease. Dry mouth is also common in people with kidney disease. This is often associated with the medications that you may need to take. Finally, the excess urea that may be in your blood can lead to chronic bad breath.
At your next checkup, let us know if you have kidney disease. This will ensure that we can take the needed precautions to protect your dental health. A special toothpaste can help protect your teeth and gums. Saliva replacement products are also available and may be needed to combat dry mouth. We may recommend that you visit us more frequently for checkups so that we can better monitor your dental health, and some patients with kidney disease may need to take antibiotics before dental treatments. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your next dental exam.