Steroid Abuse: A Problem for your Teeth and Gums
We have all heard about the negative side effects that result from the use of anabolic steroids - hormonal changes that affect the body’s physique, aggression, acne, heart attacks and liver cancer. But have you ever stopped to consider the connection between the abuse of steroids and your mouth? Steroid abuse has been found to contribute to gum disease, an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Warning signs of gum disease include:
- Gums that bleed easily.
- Red, swollen and tender gums.
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth or permanent teeth that are loose and separating.
- Persistent bad breath.
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
- Changes in the fit of partial dentures.