Kidney Disease and Its Repercussions in Oral Health

Kidney problems impair the ability of the body to clean the blood and therefore needs a machine to help the body accomplish this task. This procedure is called dialysis. People with renal problem are often experiencing unpleasant taste on their mouth. They are suffering from bad breath which is called halitosis. Halitosis is the result when the body cannot remove the toxin called urea in the blood. The urea is transformed into ammonia, which give it the stinking smell.

There will always be bone changes such as the lose bones in the jaws that gives the person loose teeth and this is real painful. Dental treatment is affected when a person has a kidney disease. Symptoms and complication include eating disorders (anorexia), low red blood cell count (anemia), heart disease, high blood pressure, dry mouth or xerostomia, periodontal disease, teeth loss and loose and mouth and salivary glands inflammation.

A person with renal problems should undergo dental treatment after the dialysis. If there is the presence of shunt, blood thinner should be taken. However, blood thinner will only increase the chance of hemorrhage and bleeding and therefore increase the risk of infection. It is therefore very important for a person with kidney disease to take antibiotics before undergoing any dental or oral treatment. It is equally important that the tooth expert is aware where the shunt is because when blood pressure is taken, the shunt can be damaged by the blood pressure cuff. The blood pressure count should be taken on the other limbs. 

Before the treatment will be given, it is important that the dentist knows the medicines that the patient is taking. The dentist will make a thorough selection of the medicine that he or she would administer with due respect with what the kidney patient is currently taking. This is due to the fact some medicines may make the condition even worse. To cap it up, the dentist should be given the complete medical record of the patient before asking for drugs or treatment.

At the first look, not all dental problems are caused by the build-up of calculus or plaque in our teeth. Often times, people will immediately resort to dental treatments and mouth washes to eliminate the problem. Sometimes, these dental problems have a deeper cause and such cause is found deep inside our body. It is therefore a requirement for every dental patient to inform the dentist about his or her health conditions. Otherwise, the proper drug and treatment will be impossible to give. Sometimes wrong medication is administered because kidney problems are concealed by the patient. As mentioned earlier, this will only make the condition worse.

It should be a prerogative for any dental staff to inquire about the other health problems of the patient. Oral health care for kidney patients is very necessary because these mouth problems are the indicators of how the body is doing its task. A simple mouth wash and brushing will not do any good if there is ammonia in the blood which gives the person a naturally stinking breath because of this.



Source by Robert

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