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Mouth Care for People with Renal Failure


2013-06-25 09:35

Mouth Care for People with Renal FailureRenal failure can lead to an array of oral problems, such as, dry mouth, gum enlargement, bad taste etc.Good mouth care is important for the patients with renal failure and it can lessen the discomfort associated with oral problems.The following article will introduce the oral problems in renal failure and the corresponding mouth care.

Gum enlargement

Gum enlargement is a possible side effect of use of ciclosporin,calcium channel blockers and tacrolimus.It may cause mild bleeding,but it is typically painless.Regular tooth-cleaning, at least twice a day, will reduce the risk of gum enlargement developing.Regular oral hygiene care by a dentist and/or hygienist is also important.

Dental decay

Saliva can help neutralise the acids of dental plaque.However,the patients with renal failure often have less salvia due to restriction of fluid intake. Dental decay occurs due to destruction of the tooth substance by acids produced by dental plaque.

Patients with renal failure should reduce consumption of sugars.Also, effective tooth-cleaning and fluorides can help. Tooth-brushing can remove much of plaque from the teeth.For the areas between the teeth, an interdental cleaning acid can help. Fluoride-containing toothpaste is a good choice for the patients as fluoride can gradually cause a microscopic hardening of the outer surface of the teeth to protect the teeth.

Dry mouth

Dry mouth in renal failure is due to a restricted fluid intake, a side effect of drug therapy and hemodialysis. Also, a lack of saliva can give rise to a bad oral taste. You can learn more about it Dry Mouth in People on Dialysis

Sipping water on a regular basis can relieve the dry mouth to some extent. However, as the patients may be recommended to limit water intake, this can be impossible.Moisturising gels that can be rubbed on the dry surfaces of the mouth are available.

The above are the oral problems in renal failure and the mouth care. If you want to get more information, please email to kidneyabc@hotmail.com .




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