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5 Medical Conditions That Can Wreak Havoc Inside Your Mouth

5 Medical Conditions That Can Wreak Havoc Inside Your Mouth

Close up of a female diabetic patient using lancelet on finger to take sample of blood sugar.

Did you know that problems in other parts of your body can have consequences for your teeth and gums?

Here are five illnesses that can erode teeth, ruin your breath — and even turn your tongue black!

Acid Reflux

If you have this condition, there’s a good chance some of your back teeth have eroded due to powerful stomach acid dissolving your enamel. You can protect your teeth by rinsing vigorously with water to reduce acid in your mouth. You may be tempted, but don’t brush your teeth right away — the bristles can damage enamel still soft from the acid.

Stomach Ulcers

Ulcers are often the result of the bacterium H. pylori, which can weaken the protective coating of your stomach. Although ulcers themselves won’t hurt your oral health, the medicine used to combat them can turn your tongue black. Don’t worry — the side effect should go away once you’re through with treatment.

Chronic Kidney Disease

Breath that smells like fish or ammonia can be a sign of kidney disease. This a serious condition that is fatal if left untreated. As your kidneys lose their ability to filter waste and toxins from the blood, your breath may ultimately take on the scent of your urine.


This widespread inflammatory disease doesn’t just affect your blood sugar. People with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease, cavities and even lose their teeth.

High Blood Pressure

Medication to lower your blood pressure can come with the unwanted side effect of gingival enlargement, a condition in which your gums swell and start to grow over your teeth.

If you are impacted by any of these illnesses, please be sure to tell us about it at your next appointment. And please make sure to include it in your health history questionnaire.


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