Hi, I’m Dr. Shane Sykes, DMD. Most every day, I can be found at my Sparks NV area dental office treating general dentistry 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) Sparks NV diabetes patients with high blood glucose often have a higher risk of dental issues. If you have diabetes, let’s talk. My number is 775-322-5016.
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 Sparks NV area folks, including those for high-blood pressure and depression, cause dry mouth. This side effect is not only unpleasant, it is dangerous. Anti-depressants (especially SSRI’s) and anti-psychotic drugs can also trigger tooth-grinding (bruxism) which can lead to TMJ issues.
3) Acid reflux in children and adults is associated with a host of dental problems such as decay and periodontal disease.
I help many Sparks NV family dentistry 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.