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

Many of our diabetic patients are surprised to know that medical research clearly shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes, adding serious gum disease to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. At Arden Dental Care, we specifically treat gum disease and other oral health problems related to diabetes to improve your overall health and help you manage your disease.

Research also shows that the relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is a two-way street. Not only are patients with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. Research suggests that people with diabetes are at higher risk for serious gum disease because they are generally more susceptible to bacterial infection, and have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums. Other oral problems associated with diabetes include thrush, an infection caused by a fungus that grows in the mouth, and dry mouth which can cause soreness, ulcers, infections, and cavities.

If your blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, you are more likely to develop serious gum disease and lose more teeth than non-diabetics. Like all infections, serious gum disease may be a factor in causing blood sugar to rise and may make diabetes harder to control.

Our patients with diabetes have special needs and at Arden Dental Care, your dentist and hygienist are equipped to meet those needs — with your help. You can expect the latest in education and laser treatments to help you have your best health ever. Call today for an appointment.


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