fbpx

We’ve moved! Come see us at our new Arrow Dental office

Welcome to our dental clinic! We've undergone some exciting changes over the past year and are thrilled to announce that we've moved to a brand new, modern office towards the end of 2022.  Located in Pension Towers, 2nd Floor Loita St, Nairobi, our new space is...

Everything You Need to Know About Deep Cleaning Teeth

Deep cleaning of teeth, also known as scaling and root planing, is a type of dental procedure that is performed to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth, and tartar is a hardened form of plaque that can...

Common dental emergencies and how to handle them

Dental emergencies can be painful and stressful, but seeking prompt treatment is essential for maintaining good oral health. Some common dental emergencies include a knocked-out tooth, a broken or cracked tooth, a toothache, a lost filling or crown, and an abscess....

Effects of smoking on oral health

Smoking is a well-known danger to overall health, but it also has a significant impact on oral health. The chemicals in cigarette smoke can cause staining of the teeth and tongue, bad breath, and an increased risk of gum disease and oral cancer. Understanding the...

How to prepare for a successful dental appointment

The importance of regular dental check-ups cannot be overstated. Good oral health is essential for overall health and well-being, and regular dental appointments allow your dentist to detect and treat any problems early on. By properly preparing for your dental...

Types Of Dental Braces: Benefits And Advantages

Dental braces are a common and effective treatment for straightening teeth and improving dental health. Braces use a system of brackets, wires, and elastics to gradually move the teeth into their proper position. Several different types of braces are available, each...

All You Need to Know About Dental Plaque

Dental plaque is a sticky, colourless film that forms on the teeth and gums. It is made up of bacteria, food particles, and saliva and can cause several problems if not removed regularly. This article will discuss what dental plaque is, how it forms, and the...

What are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are a common and effective treatment for replacing missing teeth. A dental bridge is a fixed appliance used to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of one or more artificial teeth, called pontics, attached to crowns on either side. The crowns...

How Regular Dental Checkups Can Keep Your Teeth Healthy And Save Money

Good dental health is essential for maintaining overall health and well-being. Regular dental checkups are important to maintaining good dental health, as they can help prevent problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. This article will discuss how regular dental...

FAQs about Braces Answered

What are braces, and how do they work? Braces are an orthodontic treatment that uses brackets and wires to straighten and align teeth. The brackets are attached to the teeth, and the wires are threaded through the brackets. The wires are then adjusted to apply gentle...
Common Diseases That Cause Tooth Decay

No part of the body functions truly independently, and your teeth are no exception. Tooth decay can be caused by much more than just poor oral hygiene. Tooth decay is often a symptom or warning sign of something much larger, and possibly more dangerous, happening in the body. There are common diseases that cause tooth decay.

When you visit your local dentist for an exam, we look at more than just the physical appearance of your teeth. If you’ve ever wondered why we ask so many questions about your lifestyle and the rest of your medical history, it’s because we are trying to understand the entire picture, along with what your mouth and oral health are telling us.

Common Diseases That Cause Tooth Decay

The mouth is a window to the rest of the body and will often show warning signs that there’s something bigger going on. Here are some of the diseases that frequently cause tooth decay. If you suffer from any of these conditions, be sure to discuss them with your dentist at your next appointment.

Diabetes

Diabetes has perhaps the most significant cause-and-effect relationship with tooth decay. Whether you have type I or type II diabetes, your body’s blood sugar is elevated because of lowered insulin levels. This impacts many parts of the body, and the mouth is a big part of that.

One of the most common symptoms of diabetes is a dry mouth, which is due to a lack of saliva. Beyond making your mouth feel more comfortable, saliva also helps protect your teeth against the bacteria that cause tooth decay. If you don’t have enough saliva, your teeth are more vulnerable, and your risk of developing cavities is higher.

As tooth decay continues to build up, the risk for gum disease also increases. Gum disease is caused as bacteria continue to build up in your mouth. About a quarter of all people diagnosed with diabetes also develop gum disease.

Autoimmune Conditions

Autoimmune conditions are a family of diseases that involve the body attacking parts of itself. This can include everything from major organ systems, like the kidneys, to smaller systems like salivary glands. Many of these diseases have some impact on the mouth, but the one most directly tied to oral health is Sjögren’s syndrome.

Anorexia and Bulimia

Both anorexia and bulimia are severe eating disorders. They occur when men or women have an extreme fear of becoming overweight and either eat less or regurgitate food as a result. 

Both conditions have implications on the teeth because the body is not getting the minerals, vitamins, proteins, and other nutrients that it needs to maintain good oral health and prevent tooth decay from forming. When people with anorexia do eat, they tend to fill up on sugary, salty, unhealthy foods that are bad for their teeth.

In addition, a person who is bulimic may binge eat and then vomit. When this occurs the acids that break down your food eat away at the tooth enamel, which leads to decay over time. Other effects of bulimia include bad breath, swollen glands, and teeth that appear to be worn down.

Avoid Tooth Decay with Total Body Care

These are just a few of the more common diseases that cause tooth decay. The connections between your mouth and the rest of your body are not always apparent which is why it’s important to share your medical history with your dentist.

At Arrow Dental Centre, your comfort is our top priority. We are proud to offer quality and affordable dental care. Book your next dental appointment, or call for a consultation today!

Related Articles

We’ve moved! Come see us at our new Arrow Dental office

We’ve moved! Come see us at our new Arrow Dental office

Welcome to our dental clinic! We've undergone some exciting changes over the past year and are thrilled to announce that we've moved to a brand new, modern office towards the end of 2022.  Located in Pension Towers, 2nd Floor Loita St, Nairobi, our new space is...

Everything You Need to Know About Deep Cleaning Teeth

Everything You Need to Know About Deep Cleaning Teeth

Deep cleaning of teeth, also known as scaling and root planing, is a type of dental procedure that is performed to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth, and tartar is a hardened form of plaque that can...

Common dental emergencies and how to handle them

Common dental emergencies and how to handle them

Dental emergencies can be painful and stressful, but seeking prompt treatment is essential for maintaining good oral health. Some common dental emergencies include a knocked-out tooth, a broken or cracked tooth, a toothache, a lost filling or crown, and an abscess....

Get Dental Health Tips and Advice in Your Email

Be the first to get updates, tips and expert advice from our team at Arrow Dental.