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When Diseases Cause Oral Complications

Woman Covering her MouthWe have come a long way in the treatment of serious, life-threatening systemic diseases. Part and parcel of healing more aggressive diseases are—more aggressive therapies. And sometimes as a result of forceful care, complications arise that demand attention of their own: oral problems.

When an individual is very sick, nutrition becomes more important than ever. Oral problems can interfere with normal function—eating, speaking, swallowing—just when the patient needs it most. Early evaluation by a dentist can help preserve a patient’s oral health. So please, be aware of the possibility of oral disorders in those you care for and care about.

If You Have: Be Concerned About:
Leukemia Red or tender tissue, bleeding gums, white patches, ulcers
HIV Fungal infections, gum infection problems, dry mouth, tumors, white patches on tongue
Rheumatoid Arthritis Tooth loss, gum inflammation, changes in salivary function
Breast Cancer Ulcers, fungal infection
Parkinson’s Disease Tooth loss, soreness, problems with lips and cheeks, change in taste, craving for sweets

About Dr. Chase & Dr. Kotula

Dr. Steven Chase, DDS & Jacqueline Kotula, DDS pride themselves on offering their patients the most comprehensive and sophisticated options for dental care in a comfortable and friendly environment. Their caring and talented dental family’s first priority is the well being of their patients. They strive to help their patients achieve optimum dental health by providing personalized and compassionate dental care. Their team is comprised of highly skilled professionals dedicated to excellence in every phase of dental treatment. They are committed to continued education, which enables delivery of the very finest, state-of-the-art cosmetic, restorative, and CEREC® same-day dentistry, along with Invisalign® clear aligners.

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