Neurological disorders and oral health

When there is an abnormality or disturbance in the functions of the nervous system of an individual, they are said to experience a neurological disorder. These abnormalities and disturbances pertain to the brain, the spinal cord, and the nerves which connect these organs with the rest of the body.

Neurological disorders can cause numerous conditions. These conditions include:

  • Paralysis
  • Weakness of the muscles and limitations on the movement of the muscles
  • Poor coordination and alignment between the muscles
  • The reduction of sensation
  • Seizures or fits
  • Soreness and pain in the muscles and body
  • Confusion
  • Altered level of consciousness

The conditions and symptoms which are caused by neurological disorders can make the maintenance of good oral health an extremely difficult task for the patients of these disorders. When the body is paralyzed, or the muscles are not completely under the control of the individual, activities such as brushing and flossing the teeth can be tremendously complex.

Proper and regular brushing and flossing of the teeth is crucial for sustaining good oral health. If this is not done perfectly on regular basis, then plaque accumulates on the teeth. This plaque will turn into tartar and cause numerous diseases and infections of the teeth and gums. Moreover, every individual should also have intermittent professional cleaning of the oral cavity by a dentist, which would also be difficult for a patient with a neurological disorder.

People suffering from neurological disorders experience great complexity in dental treatments and procedures. Since the muscles of the individual are not completely under their control, the individual usually remains unable to cooperate with the dentist.

People who are suffering from neurological disorders need to take special care of their oral health, and if they are unable to, then their carers should ensure that it is done.