Full Implant Choice
Adam M. Hogan, DDS • Virginia Beach
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2021 Pleasure House Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Office: 757-464-3514

April 12, 2021

How Leukemia Affects Oral Health


As seen in those suffering from diabetes, lung disease, and kidney disease, medical conditions can have a huge impact on oral health. Leukemia is no different. This illness can compromise your oral health in a number of ways, some of which we have discussed below.

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums don't just signify gum disease. They can also be a sign of leukemia, and as such, should be checked out immediately. In the case of leukemia, because your platelet count is low, it is more difficult for your body to control bleeding gums.

At Full Implant Choice, our doctors are passionate about regular checkups and early detection since early detection and treatment lead to better patient outcomes.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis and swollen gums are other oral symptoms of leukemia. Because leukemia weakens the immune system, dental problems are more likely to occur, and can be identified by professionals as potential leukemia symptoms.

In severe cases, even brushing and flossing can result in more harm than good, and patients have to resort to wiping their teeth and gums with gauze. In this case, our doctors can prescribe mouth rinses to control bacteria and plaque buildup during treatment.

Chemotherapy

It isn't just symptoms of leukemia that cause oral problems - the treatment can also affect oral health negatively. Treatments like chemotherapy make blood clotting harder, and so, gum bleeding can worsen.

Additionally, common side effects of chemotherapy include nausea and vomiting. The acidity brought about because of this can affect patients - teeth negatively and can lead to enamel loss and tooth decay. This can lead to a host of other problems and can result in tooth loss if not treated properly.

If you are suffering from any oral symptoms, be sure to get advice from a professional. To consult our doctors, all you have to do is schedule an appointment by calling 757-464-3514.

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