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Epilepsy and Oral Care

Posted on 5/23/2022 by Dick Hikade, DDS
Epilepsy and Oral CareEpilepsy is a neurological disorder affecting the brain and nervous system. It can cause seizures or sudden bursts of electrical current in the brain. While epilepsy does not directly cause oral health problems, the condition can indirectly lead to dental problems. For example, people with epilepsy may have a higher risk for cavities and gum disease because of their medications to control their seizures.

How Does Epilepsy Affect Oral Health

People with epilepsy often take medication to control their seizures. These medications can cause several side effects, including dry mouth, cavities, and gum disease. People with epilepsy are also more likely to have a condition called bruxism when they grind their teeth. Bruxism can cause tooth damage and jaw pain. Some epileptic people may also have trouble taking care of their teeth and gums. Seizures can cause a loss of consciousness, making it difficult to brush and floss your teeth.

How to Improve Oral Health with Epilepsy

There are a few things you can do to help improve your oral health if you have epilepsy. First, be sure to visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups. Your dentist can spot problems early and help you prevent them from getting worse. Second, brush and floss your teeth every day. If you have trouble doing this yourself, ask a family member or friend to help you. Finally, stay away from sugary drinks and snacks. These can cause cavities and other problems. Your dentist is an integral part of your healthcare team. So, talk to your dentist about your epilepsy and how it affects your oral health. They can help you find ways to keep your mouth healthy. Also, let your dentist know if you are taking any medications for your epilepsy. This will help them spot any problems early. For any questions, please feel free to call our office.

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