Diabetes and Oral Health Problems

Diabetes and Oral Health Problems

Posted by ARDEN DENTAL CARE on Apr 5 2015, 11:46 AM

Diabetes and Oral Health Problems

Do you know there is a connection between diabetes and oral health? Yes, there is a relationship, and it’s a complex one. At Arden Dental Care, we have seen many of our patients getting surprised on learning that diabetic patients are at an increased risk of oral and dental issues. People with diabetes are also more susceptible to tooth decay, cavities, thrush, and gum disease - gingivitis and periodontitis. This is because of the higher concentration of glucose in the saliva, the poor healing of oral tissue, and their medications.

At Arden Dental Care, Dr. Michael S. Boyce explicitly treats gum disease and other related oral health issues to improve your oral and overall health. 

Is There a Two-Way Connection Between Gum disease and Diabetes?

Researchers say that there exists a two-way connection between gum disease and diabetes. We already saw that people with diabetes are at increased risk of developing severe gum disease. This is because diabetic patients are more susceptible to bacterial infection and have a reduced ability to fight bacteria. Similarly, gum disease can impact blood glucose control and cause the advancement of diabetes as well. 

As per the American Diabetes Association, the increased risk of dry mouth in diabetic patients makes them more prone to cavities as well. This happens because there is less saliva in the mouth to wash away the germs and acids. 

Are Diabetic Patients At An Increased Risk For Dental Problems?

People with poorly controlled blood glucose levels are more likely to have severe periodontitis and lose more teeth than non-diabetics. Severe gum disease may also cause rising blood sugar and make diabetes harder to control.

How To Prevent Dental Problems Associated with Diabetes?

Start with trying to control your blood glucose level. Follow good oral care habits and take good care of your teeth and gums. To prevent thrush, avoid smoking and give good importance to oral hygiene. Besides, never skip your biannual dental appointments at Arden Dental Care. 

What To Expect at The Dental Checkups at Arden Dental Care

Your dentist at Arden Dental Care is equipped to meet the special needs of our diabetic patients. Keep us informed of your condition and the medications you take. We may ask you to postpone any non-emergency dental treatments if your blood sugar is not in control.

For more information about oral care for diabetic patients or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Boyce, call us today at 916-481-2001.

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