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Kidney Health Can Decline When Oral Health Is Not Prioritized

Posted on 6/7/2021 by Henricksen Family Dental
Kidney Health Can Decline When Oral Health Is Not PrioritizedWhile good dental hygiene is vital, it is especially important for people with chronic conditions such as kidney problems. This is because any minor infection of the teeth or gums can be a huge problem for someone with kidney disease. The consequences of poor oral hygiene can be more severe on patients with such diseases because the disease negatively affects the body's immunity. Here is the connection between dental and kidney health.

Good Oral Health and Kidney Transplant

A thorough dental exam is part of the kidney transplant evaluation process for both the recipient and the candidate. A severe dental infection can result in a transplant delay. A patient may even not be approved for a kidney transplant if they have poor oral health. This is because after one receives a kidney, the medication that doctors use to prevent their bodies from rejecting the kidney tend to weaken the body's defenses against various infections. Before the transplant, the patient is treated for all infections to help prevent post-transplant complications. If dental health is not given a priority, it can compromise a patient's health.

Oral Health for Dialysis Patients

Patients on dialysis need to consume a high-protein diet that includes poultry, meat, and fish. This requires healthy and strong teeth. Dialysis patients are also put on a blood-thinning medicine to prevent clotting during their treatment. Because some dental procedures can cause one to bleed, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene to avoid such procedures. If you are on dialysis, you should also schedule your dental appointments on non-dialysis days. A severe dental infection when your immune system is weak can cause you more pain, mouth odors, difficulty eating, inflammations, and might also require hospitalization. If you are on dialysis or you have any kidney disease, talk to our professionals to help you maintain good oral hygiene. Get in touch with us for more information.

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