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How do other illnesses affect oral health?

Other illnesses can affect your oral health. Bone loss in the jaw due to osteoporosis can require oral surgery to correct. HIV/AIDS may cause mouth lesions that need to be treated by a dentist. The first symptoms of diseases such as cancer, gonorrhea, Sjogren's syndrome, and syphilis often appear in the mouth. Patients with cardiovascular disease should pay particular attention to their oral health, because gum infections can have serious heart-related complications. Diabetes can make oral healthcare challenging, first because diabetes is a risk factor for gum disease, and second, because gum disease can make diabetes more difficult to control.

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