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Purple Day & Your Teeth

Wear a purple ribbon for epilepsy because it’s Purple Day!

Epilepsy Facts

Did you know that about 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with epilepsy? According to the Epilepsy Foundation, “1 in 26 U.S. people will be diagnosed with the disease.”

Your Oral Health on Purple Day

Unfortunately, epileptic seizures can cause:

  • Bites to the tongue
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Displacement of a tooth from the socket
  • TMJ
  • Fractured jaw


Let your dentist know about any medications you take. Here are some common recommendations:

  • Use over-the-counter oral moisturizers, such as a spray or mouthwash.
  • Talk to your dentist about changing medications or dosage.
  • Drink more water.
  • Chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production.
  • Keep a humidifier somewhere in your home to keep moisture in the air.
  • Avoid foods and drinks that irritate the dry mouth, like coffee, alcohol, or soda.
  • Have your dentist apply a fluoride gel or varnish to protect your teeth from cavities.

Gum Disease

Did you know that many older adults have gum, or periodontal disease, caused by the plaque buildup? This can irritate your gums, making them swollen, red and likely to bleed.

If Left Untreated 

If you leave this untreated, your gums can pull away from the teeth and form pockets where even more plaque may collect. In conclusion, with regular dental visits, gum disease can be treated or prevented entirely.

Make Your Dental Visits Easier on Purple Day

  • First. keep a daily routine
  • Secondly, schedule appointments around the likely known times/conditions for seizures
  • Thirdly, make sure your dentist and hygienist know of your epilepsy
  • Finally, let them know of your medications

In case of an emergency, have a written plan in your file. Find a compassionate and caring dentist who will cater to your needs!

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