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Diseases That Cause Tooth Decay

Posted on 3/21/2022 by Barbara Ketchum
Diseases That Cause Tooth DecayTooth decay can be caused by more than simply poor oral hygiene. When you have tooth decay, it typically indicates that something far more serious and even harmful is going on in your body. Even if you practice proper dental hygiene, some illnesses might cause tooth decay. The mouth is a window into the rest of your body. It will frequently display signals that anything is wrong. If you have any of the following conditions, please discuss them with us at your next dental appointment.


Diabetes has the greatest impact on your teeth. Diabetes causes increased blood sugar levels due to low insulin levels, which affects numerous regions of the body, including the mouth. Dry mouth is a typical symptom of diabetes. Dry mouth can promote tooth damage because saliva protects your teeth from microorganisms. Gum disease becomes more likely as tooth decay progresses. Gum disease affects 25% of patients with diabetes.

Autoimmune Conditions

Autoimmune diseases are caused by the body attacking its own components, which can include large organ systems such as the kidneys or minor systems such as the salivary glands. Sjogren's syndrome is an example of an autoimmune disorder. This condition lowers the amount of saliva produced by your mouth. People with this illness must see the dentist more regularly to ensure that tooth rot is not caused by a lack of saliva.

Bulimia and Anorexia

Anorexia and bulimia are both severe eating disorders. These eating disorders develop when women or men have a strong fear of growing overweight and starving themselves or regurgitating the food they do consume. Both of these conditions have an influence on the teeth because the body is unable to obtain the minerals, proteins, and vitamins required for proper oral health. When a bulimic individual binges eats and then vomits, the acids that break down the food destroy your tooth enamel and cause tooth decay.
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