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Health Disorders and Dental Caries

Health Disorders and Dental Caries

Many people would not necessarily link hair and teeth as being connected in any way, but it turns out that they are linked through keratin. Keratin is a fibrous structural protein that serves as the key structural component of hair and nails. The enamel organ has many functions, one of it being the formation of our tooth enamel. Keratin is actually an essential organic component of mature enamel, as it is a protein that the enamel organ utilizes as it forms our tooth enamel. When certain mutations in keratin exist, they exist across the whole keratin network. Thus, mutations in keratin that lead to hair loss, also lead to altered enamel structure and reduced enamel micro-hardness.

In essence, if the same keratin mutation that causes hair loss is also present in the keratin that makes up a portion of our tooth enamel, it leaves them more susceptible to developing caries. It has long been known that there is a genetic component to hair loss, and if it runs in your family, it logically follows that you should be more diligent about practicing good oral hygiene. That means brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, along with visiting the dentist every six months for a professional exam and cleaning. Weaker enamel makes you more prone to decay, so failure to practice good oral hygiene could result in a higher risk of cavities and also tooth infections. If you believe you have a tooth that is infected, it will require a root canal by an endodontist if you wish to save it.

 

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