People are commonly aware of the dangers of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Without treatment dizziness, disorientation, fainting and even more serious health issues may occur. The general public is not typically aware of the way heat stroke and heat exhaustion can impact their teeth, however.
Dehydration that occurs as a result of heat stroke and heat exhaustion causes a reduction of saliva in the mouth. This is known as dry mouth. Dry mouth can occur for other reasons as well. Some medications have a side effect of dry mouth. No matter the cause, dry mouth may result in oral issues if left untreated. These issues could include:
- Mouth sores (also known as mucositis)
- Weakened teeth
- Gum disease
- Bad breath
Why would dry mouth lead to the above issues? Saliva naturally fights bacteria in the mouth preventing the bacteria from multiplying. Without enough saliva the teeth and gums are more likely to get infected. Any infections that do occur are more likely to progress because the natural defense system is not functioning properly.
If you have suffered from heat stroke or heat exhaustion it is important to visit Dr. Stratman even if the rest of your body has fully recovered. A dentist will be able to determine your teeth and gums have any lasting effects of the dehydration. If mouth sores are present your Tucson dentist Dr. Stratman can provide the proper treatment. Remember, at Stratman Family Dentistry, we can identify issues that you aren’t aware of yet. Treatment is generally less expensive and easier if the issue is found early.
Summer is just around the corner, and if you have any questions about how heat stroke and heat exhaustion affects your teeth, we are happy to help!