Overview

Kidney disease occurs when the kidneys become damaged and can no longer perform their proper function (removing waste, extra water and blood). Diabetes and high blood pressure are two of the most common causes of kidney disease, which affects more than 20 million Americans.14

Kidney disease impacts your oral health as well. Among the oral care issues are dry mouth, bad breath, loss of bone in the jaw, problems with chewing, an increase in plaque and gum disease, inflammation of the mouth and salivary glands, and tooth loss.