U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Jacksonville, FL
A 52-year-old female asked:

I have low epo output and extremely low iron stores in bone marrow(aspiration done). chronic anemia-can be as low as 6.2-8.2 on regular basis can this affect my teeth? it seems since my dx 8-10 yrs ago i have had terrible tooth decay and poor gums. of cor

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Possibilities: It could make you more susceptible to gums disease. It shouldn't affect your teeth unless something you are taking is causing dry mouth. Things that could affect your susceptibility to decay are menopause, vomiting, and heart burn. You don't have to have problems if you take care of your teeth.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Unlikely: I'm unaware of any studies linking low iron or anemia to dental decay or perio disease. However, maintain good oral hygiene and be on the lookout for dental pain or gum swelling.
Last updated Oct 23, 2017


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.