Did you know that March is National Kidney Month too? Kidneys are an important part of maintaining whole-body health, and therefore dental health. According to a study researched by Robert Shmerling, M.D., Faculty Editor with Harvard Health Publications, kidney stones are on the rise and are even being seen more commonly in people who were once considered low-risk.
As a complete health dentist, I encourage you to take the best possible care of your body. There are numerous factors that cause the formation of kidney stones. These include diet, diabetes, some medications and family genetics. It is crucial to be proactive about monitoring these causes in your own life. Watching your sodium, protein and sugar intake can help you avoid the formation of kidney stones. You should also educate yourself on the medications you are taking and the effects they can have on your body. While you cannot prevent all the causes of kidney stones, such as family genetics, it is important to be aware of your family health history and the risks you may face.
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