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Dental Health and CKD

Jan 17, 2019

Dental Health and CKD

Poor care of teeth and gums may cause chronic dental infections. In some cases, bacteria may spread from your mouth to other areas of the body. If you’re on dialysis or living with CKD, you may have a compromised immune system, placing you at a greater risk of developing infections. With infections being the leading preventable cause of hospitalizations, taking care of your teeth and gums is important.

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Weak gums can also cause tooth loss. This can threaten the ability to chew and digest specific foods, especially protein-laden items like meat, poultry, and fish — which are essential to help a dialysis patient keep strong and feeling their best.

Here are some basic tips to help maintain oral hygiene by:

  • Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste followed by an anti-bacterial rinse.

  • Floss once per day.

  • Receiving regular dental exams and routine teeth cleanings.

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