Hair loss is a common, yet devastating issue. There are all kinds of hair loss conditions you can experience in your lifetime. Now, new research has revealed an additional and surprising reason for hair loss you might want to familiarise yourself with, and it relates to oral health.
According to research carried out by the University of Granada in Spain, tooth infections can also lead to alopecia areata. Here, we’ll look at what the researchers discovered and what patients should know about this new development.
Understanding the recent research
The recent research, led by Professor Jose Antonio Gil Montoya and Professor Antonio Cutando Soriano, discovered localised hair loss could be a result of a tooth infection.
It was revealed that patients who had a tooth infection, commonly experienced patchy hair loss following the route of infection. This means hair loss can occur on the face as well as the scalp. However, it can also occur far away from the infection site. The thing with tooth infection related hair loss, is that it never appears in the same place on each patient. So, there is no specific hair loss pattern to watch out for.
The takeaway from the research is that those who suffer sudden patchy hair loss, might want to book an appointment with the dentist. There is a clear link between the two conditions, though it’s also important to remember that hair loss can have a wide variety of causes.
What is alopecia areata?
Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss caused by an auto-immune response. The body basically attacks its own cells, including the ones contained within the hair follicles. This leads to either patchy areas of hair loss, or complete hair loss in severe cases.
As well as affecting the hair on the scalp, alopecia areata can also cause the hairs of the eyebrows, arms, eyelashes and legs to fall out. It sometimes develops slowly over time and at present, there is no cure.
In most cases, the hair loss is only temporary, and it will grow back. However, in severe cases the hair loss is permanent. While there is no cure, there are treatments available which can help. These include topical agents, injections, oral treatments and light therapy.
The importance of an accurate diagnosis
Before attempting to try any treatment for hair loss, it is important to receive an accurate diagnosis. There are so many different types of hair loss and each requires a different type of treatment.
So, if you have started to notice your hair is becoming thinner or failing out, book a consultation with a hair expert today. They will be able to help you diagnose the issue and determine the best course of treatment you should follow.
This latest research adds yet another potential hair loss cause onto the long list. Keeping up with dental appointments could therefore potentially help to stop this type of hair loss. However, the number of patients who are experiencing this type of hair loss is very low.