Conditions That Put You At Risk

Certain health and lifestyle conditions make you much more likely to have dental caries and to contract periodontal and other diseases as well. These conditions put you automatically at risk, and if you have these, then you will be classified as an at risk individual, even next to the most rigorous dental care. If you have one of these conditions, having a half year check up is an absolute necessity, and not just highly recommended. It may be a question of catching something that may rapidly destroy your teeth. Here are some of the conditions. 


Diabetes weakens the flora in your mouth and makes it absolutely volatile and unpredictable. Diabetes is not just a metabolic problem, it is also one that affects all of your body, and your teeth suffer extremely if you have this condition. The mouth often dries out if the patient is diabetic, and this just adds to the already existing confusion that diabetes causes in the mouth. The bones also weaken during diabetes, especially type 2, and this condition is often associated with tooth loss. Having even very well maintained diabetes is a risk factor, and you have to go and check with your dentist at least every six months, but perhaps a little bit more frequently can’t hurt either.  

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Having braces means that you will have a harder time finding your tooth surfaces, and thus have a harder time cleaning them, and of course, that your teeth will be more likely to decay. The extra apparatus also creates new and hitherto unknown nooks and crannies where food can get stuck and destroy your enamel.  


Smoking not only causes cancer but also happens to produce a condition known as xerostomia, which simply means chronic dry mouth, and this condition is bad for your teeth and gums, as a dry mouth is less able to fight off bacteria than a wet one. Smoking also causes your gums to shrivel up, exposing parts of your teeth that are supposed to be beneath the gumline, and these parts are more likely to develop cavities. 


Alcohol is not inherently bad for your teeth, but alcoholics on average have much poorer dental hygiene than those who do not drink. While drinking in and of itself is only bad for your mouth because it dries out your mucus membranes, habitual drinking will upset your body and your immunities will fail. The first thing to go in an immunocompromised setting is of course your teeth. 


Pregnancy causes pregnancy tumors, bleeding gums, and a weakened immune system. With this kind of weakened immune system, you can expect that your teeth are much more prone to going bad than otherwise. It is therefore recommended that you see your dentist every trimester, and many places give free health care to expecting ladies.

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