Anaemia is a blood disorder characterised by a low red blood cell count and a lack of haemoglobin in the red blood cells. An iron-rich protein that gives blood its red colour, haemoglobin helps red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body. With anaemia, your body may fail to get an adequate supply of oxygen-rich blood, leading to weakness, fatigue, and even heart failure in very serious cases.
Anaemia can have a variety of effects on your mouth. These include:
If you notice any of these oral symptoms, you may need to consult a doctor. Other symptoms include:
The world’s most common blood disorder, anaemia can affect women and men of any age, but some may be at greater risk than others. These people include:
Anaemia can also be caused by genetic and environmental factors such as:
If you notice any of the above oral symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor and arrange for a check-up with a dentist at East Bentleigh Dental Group. We can assess any changes in the appearance of your tongue, gums and surrounding tissues to see if any action is necessary.