Everyone knows that diabetes can be dangerous for a multitude of health-related issues. Not only can diabetes threaten your heart and kidneys, if it is left untreated, it can lead to a number of oral problems too.
Research over the years has indicated that diabetes can lead to gum disease. In fact, the American Diabetes Association has found that there is an increasing number of people suffering from gum disease who have diabetes. But what is worse is that we have found that gum disease actually appears to affect blood sugar levels. Hence, diabetes can cause gum disease and gum disease can worsen diabetes. In other words, issues like gingivitis and the more serious periodontal disease feed off diabetes and vice versa.
We recommend that anyone – but particularly if you suffer from diabetes – keeps up with their every 4-6 professional dental clean. This will help us avoid future issues and the development of gum disease. You should also attend checkups and always visit our clinic if you have the slightest concerns.
Oral Health and Diabetes: More Issues
Unfortunately, the possible oral concerns of diabetes don’t stop there. There is evidence that diabetes is responsible for a condition called dry mouth, among other causes. As implied by the name, dry mouth occurs when you fail to produce sufficient saliva. You may experience difficulties with chewing and swallowing as a result. This can make it hard for diabetics to plan healthy nutrition and consequently, make the disease worse.
What’s more, dry mouth can actually increase bacteria and plaque which lead to more gum disease. The data points directly to the fact that diabetes, dry mouth and gum disease form a vicious circle.
Most people naturally have Candida albicans in their mouth. This is a healthy fungus you’re more than likely not aware of and never noticed —unless you have diabetes. Dry mouth with too much sugar in your saliva can cause this fungus to mutate into the infection commonly called Thrush. There are a multitude of treatments we can provide you with – starting with ones as simple as the right toothbrush and toothpaste.
How you can Manage Diabetes and your Oral Health
Keeping ahead of diabetes and the complications on your oral health is a team effort that we are committed to. If you’re planning on having any oral procedures, we’d like to discuss any issues with you first. It’s best to coordinate with us until that time your blood sugar is within the right range. Consulting with your physician is a good idea if you’re taking any medication to ensure you are in optimal health and ready.
That way everyone can decide what adjustments if any need to be made before oral surgery or any other procedure. Smiles Unlimited is dedicated to making sure you get the most innovative and professional dental care possible. We always ensure that we are on top of the latest advancements when it comes to diabetes and your oral health because. Your Smile, Our Passion.
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