Your hair, toenails, and fingernails are made from keratin. This is a durable protein composed of 18 amino acids produced by your body. Changes in the health and appearance of your nails can be an indicator of your nutrition, or a symptom of an undiagnosed medical issue.
This could potentially be related to a condition affected one or both of your kidneys or a possible side effect of a new medication. Problems with your nails can also be the result of a fungal infection or a chronic illness. If you have noticed thickening, thinning, or changes in color, or striations in any of your nails, you should schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Mohammad Banki. This can be an important first step in diagnosing or treating a developing problem. Some problems could be related to a past injury, certain prescriptions medications or a symptom of a chronic medical condition. In some cases, simple skin hygiene issues can affect the health and appearance of your nails. This could be related to bad habits can like nail biting. Individuals who work in a wet environment or a career field that calls for frequent hand washing might also a change in the appearance of their nails.
After assessing the nature and severity of your nail health problem our dentist can help you understand your treatment options. If he suspects the problem is related to a medical issue, he might also refer you to a specialist.
If you live in the Warwick, Rhode Island, area and you have noticed a significant change in your nails, you should call 401.732.1440 to set up a consultation at Artistic Contours.