How Does Your Overall Health Affect Your Smile?

Categories: Dental Health

Hi! I’m Dr. Ed White, DDS. Most every day, I can be found at my Elizabethtown dental practice treating dental patients with tooth and gum problems or helping patients prevent them. There are many common medical conditions that pose a risk to oral health.

1) Elizabethtown diabetes patients with high blood glucose often have a higher risk of dental issues. If you have diabetes, let’s talk. My number is 717-367-1336.

2) A persistent dry mouth due to an inadequate amount of saliva can accelerate tooth decay, cause or contribute to gum disease, and trigger chronic bad breath. Many medications used by thousands of Hershey and Manheim folks, including those for high-blood pressure and depression, can cause dry mouth. This side effect is not only unpleasant, it is dangerous. Anti-depressants (especially SSRIs) and anti-psychotic drugs can also trigger tooth-grinding (bruxism).

3) Acid reflux in children and adults is associated with a host of dental problems such as decay and periodontal disease.

I help many Lancaster dental patients prevent problems associated with medical conditions that sometimes seem unrelated to dental health. Regular professional dental care is essential for oral health, and an important part of your overall physical health.

Ed White
White Family Dental
100 Continental Dr
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania 17022