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Blood Dyscrasia

What is Blood Dyscrasia?

Dyscrasia is Greek for “bad mixture.” Blood dyscrasia is a condition where any of the various cell types (red cells, white cells, platelets) may be abnormal and can each be part of a disease process.

Two of the symptoms of blood dyscrasias are commonly observed in the mouth: bleeding problems and a tendency to develop infections easily. If your dentist cannot find a dental cause for your symptoms, you should see a physician.

How does the dentist diagnose Blood Dyscrasia?

Note: ToothIQ.com contains general information. Only a dentist can properly diagnose your specific condition.

It is generally not within the scope of dental practice to diagnose blood dyscrasias from oral symptoms. However, the following symptoms support a possible diagnosis of a blood disorder.

  • Fiery red gums that bleed easily for no apparent dental reason.
  • Recurring infections (both dental and in general).

If oral causes have been ruled out, or if appropriate dental treatment does not eliminate such symptoms, you should see a physician for a physical examination and blood work.

How is Blood Dyscrasia treated?

There are no dental procedures for treating blood dyscrasia. However, maintaining proper oral hygiene and having regular dental examinations and prophylaxis (cleanings) can reduce the population of mouth bacteria to a level that not only preserves ideal oral health, but can prevent more serious systemic infections in people with blood dyscrasias. This is especially true in persons having a history of periodontal disease.

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Author: Thomas J. Greany, D.D.S. / Editor: Ken Lambrecht

This page was last updated on March 2, 2018.

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