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When Diseases Cause Oral Complications

Woman Covering Her MouthWe have come a long way in the treatment of serious, life-threatening systemic diseases. Part and parcel of healing more aggressive diseases are—more aggressive therapies. And sometimes as a result of forceful care, complications arise that demand attention of their own: oral problems.

When an individual is very sick, nutrition becomes more important than ever. Oral problems can interfere with normal function—eating, speaking, swallowing—just when the patient needs it most. Early evaluation by a dentist can help preserve a patient’s oral health. So please, be aware of the possibility of oral disorders in those you care for and care about.

If You Have: Be Concerned About:
Leukemia Red or tender tissue, bleeding gums, white patches, ulcers
HIV Fungal infections, gum infection problems, dry mouth, tumors, white patches on tongue
Rheumatoid Arthritis Tooth loss, gum inflammation, changes in salivary function
Breast Cancer Ulcers, fungal infection
Parkinson’s Disease Tooth loss, soreness, problems with lips and cheeks, change in taste, craving for sweets

About William J. Black, DDS

William Black earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1988. He then went on to the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry, where he graduated in 1992. Following dental school, Dr. Black served in the Untied States Navy for 3 years as a dentist. He then settled in the Sacramento area where he opened his practice in 1996. Dr. Black is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Sacramento District Dental Society (SDDS), Academy of General Dentistry, and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He is currently pursuing Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry and accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

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