Is There A Link Between Tooth Decay and Male Pattern Baldness?

hair and teeth

This theory is of particular interest to me as I have been unlucky with both my hair and my teeth (which are now trying to rot from the underneath, despite my best efforts to look after them with an array of sonic toothbrushes, interdens brushes, toothpastes, flosses and regular visits to the hygienist).

I used to blame bad NHS dentists and primitive 1980s orthodontics (when my braces came off my teeth promptly slid back to how crooked they were before treatment). One dentist surmised that this was when hidden dental infection first crept in.

As with my hair problems, I have never smoked, drank or abused my body in any of the usual doctor-defying ways. My diet has always been reasonably healthy, very little junk food. So have I, apart from my hair and teeth issues, which have until now, been a mystery to me.

So what links tooth and dental decay? Well Vitamin D deficiency for one. We get most of it from the sun, but perhaps as a pale skin, I have avoided the sun too much or covered myself in too much Factor 50.

But to return to dental infection, alopecia has been observed to manifest in patches close to the infected area. Dentists are now apparently being trained to note if men have patches of hair loss in their moustache or beard which might indicate a localised gum infection in either the upper or lower jaw.  An upper molar infection, in males or females, may result in sudden hair loss at the left or right temporal region, depending on which side is of the mouth is infected.  Eyebrows, lower scalp and neck areas can also be affected in this way. The good news is that this hair loss can often be reversed through treatment of the affected area as the follicles shouldn’t have died.

However to avoid dental infection in the first place, it is worth (ironically in my case, since that is when my dental problems seemed to begin) getting your teeth straightened if you can afford it as the more nooks and crannies you have, the more chance infection and decay can take hold. An impacted wisdom tooth can similarly cause infection and rot havoc under the gum line. On a more serious note there is an even stronger link between gum disease and heart disease, so don’t ignore that spot of blood on your toothbrush next time you brush or that oral sensitivity to temperatures. It could be a sign of other, or more serious issues, even if (like mine) your teeth look fine on the surface.

Anyway I’d better sign off now to order a lorryload of Vitamin D and book a trip to the dentists!

Meanwhile thank goodness I have luscious real hair locks which don’t let me down here at Aspiration Hair