There is a range of ways to care for your smile. Brushing twice and flossing once daily, eating a healthy diet, avoiding bad oral habits, and visiting your dentist twice per years are key. But, even if you do all of these things, there are certain overall conditions that can impact your beam, including anemia. Keep reading to learn about how this condition affects your smile and what you can do to keep your beam in good condition.
What Is Anemia?
Anemia is a condition that occurs when your body has a deficiency of red blood cells. These cells are responsible for carrying oxygen throughout your bloodstream, so having anemia can prevent your body from getting the oxygen it needs. There are various symptoms of anemia that you should look out for, including:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Cold hands and feet
- Shortness of breath
- Irregular heartbeat
- Pale or yellow skin
- Chest pain
3 Ways Anemia Affects Oral Tissue
When it comes to your smile, there are a few ways that anemia can impact your oral health, including:
- Pale gums – Anemia can cause pale gums, which have been called “anemia gums.” They take on a faded or whiter shade rather than the standard pink color. The color of your tongue and mucous membranes can also change.
- Glossitis – This inflammation of the tongue may cause it to become a beefy red color. The tongue may also appear smooth and swollen, and it may feel sore and tender.
- Other oral health issues – Chronic anemia can put you at risk of gum disease or tooth decay. If the appearance of your tongue, gums, or surrounding tissue changes, let your dentist know as soon as possible so they can determine if there are systemic problems or serious illnesses.
Anemia and Dental Treatment
If you have chronic anemia, this can impact dental treatment. Your dentist may recommend an antimicrobial rinse, which will help prevent gum disease. Another potential treatment option is an antibiotic drug, which will reduce your risk of infection.
If you undergo oral surgery or dental work, your dentist may need to adjust your treatment plan to prevent excessive bleeding. This may include altering the types of tools used. Patients with severe anemia may require oxygen during treatment to make up for the lack of it in the bloodstream. Treatment for your anemia depends on what type you have. The types include:
- Iron-deficiency anemia – This is the most common type of anemia and occurs when your body has a shortage of iron. Treatment usually includes dietary changes or iron supplements.
- Vitamin-deficiency anemia – This happens when your body lacks the vitamin C, folate, or vitamin B-12, which are needed to produce healthy red blood cells. If a person consumes enough B-12 but cannot absorb it, this is called pernicious anemia. Treatment usually incorporates more nutrients into your diet or dietary supplements. Those who have trouble absorbing B-12 might require vitamin shots.
About the Practice
LG Dental Centre offers exceptional care to patients of all ages in Toronto and the surrounding areas. This includes procedures to help those with anemia receive safe, effective care so they can maintain gorgeous, healthy grins. If you are ready to set up a visit with Dr. Bahar Madani, Dr. Larry Goldstein, or Dr. Noah Gasner or want more information on their services, call LG Dental Centre’s office at (416) 224-8300 or visit their website.