Surprisingly, oral health can affect other areas of the body and vice versa. For example, studies have shown that periodontal (gum) disease and an unhealthy mouth can contribute to coronary artery disease and other heart conditions. Patients with diabetes are especially susceptible to periodontal disease. Thus, it is vital that diabetic patients maintain optimal oral health at all times.
Many other medical conditions as well as medications can exhibit complications and side effects that affect oral health. During your visit be sure to tell Dr. Bickley and our staff of any medical conditions, medications and vitamins or other supplements you take.