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Jul
31

Diabetes and Oral Health

Posted in Gum Disease

Have you been diagnosed with diabetes? You probably know that this condition increases your risk of things like heart disease, kidney failure, and stroke.

But how about your risk for gum disease?

There’s more research emerging every year that highlights the link between oral disease and diabetes. If you haven’t already, now is the time to familiarize yourself with the way diabetes affects your smile.

Gum Disease

Interestingly, studies show that gum disease and diabetes go both ways in affecting one another. Uncontrolled diabetes causes oral infection to quickly advance, and the presence of gum inflammation makes it harder to control blood sugar.

Infections

Diabetes lowers your body’s ability to fight off infection. This leads to a greater chance of oral health problems such as:

  • Fungal infection
  • Viral infections
  • Sores
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease

Dry Mouth

Diabetics are prone to xerostomia, or dry mouth. A very uncomfortable condition, dry mouth leads to a faster accumulation of food debris and bacteria.

This lack of saliva quickly leads to yet another oral health issue linked to diabetes. 

Cavities

High blood sugar, little saliva to wash bacteria away, and poor resistance to infection add up to make a recipe for decay.

What You Should Do

Proper medication and lifestyle changes are crucial to helping you stay master over diabetes – instead of the other way around. Keeping your mouth clean is another key way to stay healthy.

It may be best to post-pone unnecessary procedures if your blood sugar is not under control. See your dentist for regular cleanings, exams, and x-rays. Let your dental team know about any changes in your medications. Trust them to know how diabetes affects your dental health and treatment!

Posted on behalf of:
Chester Road Family Dental
11701 Chester Rd.
Chester, VA 23831
804-748-5105

Sep
14

Posted in Gum Disease

Diabetes is a serious matter. If you’ve struggled with it for years, then you’re probably aware that it can lead to many other problems.

What you may not have heard before is that diabetes is closely connected to another issue: gum disease. And this problem is usually a silent one.

Diabetes will present symptoms that you just cannot ignore. Periodontal, or gum, disease can cause a lot of damage before you’re even aware of it.

Why Gum Disease is a Big Deal

Gum disease starts when your gums become inflamed from the presence of plaque bacteria. If the plaque is not removed, the inflammation can move into the ligaments and bone that support your teeth. If not treated at this stage, the gum disease can cause teeth to loosen and fall out.

The Mouth-Body Connection

As you may know, diabetes makes you more prone to infections. Gum disease is no exception. Your gums are going to be especially sensitive to the presence of bacteria. Their ability to fight the bacteria is lowered.

Research indicates that the problem is a two-way one. Periodontal disease (advanced gum disease) can raise blood sugar levels. If your diabetes is not under control, you are at even greater risk for oral disease.

Diabetes? See Your Dentist!

If you are currently battling a systemic problem like diabetes, then you can’t afford to neglect your dental health. Keep regular checkup appointments at your local dental office. X-rays, examinations, and professional cleanings will help you lower your risk for dental problems even if other health issues raise your risk. Contact your dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Huebner Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics
12055 Vance Jackson Rd #103
San Antonio, TX 78230
(210) 625-7056

Mar
13

The Connection Between Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

Posted in Periodontics

Periodontal Disease and Diabetes are both chronic inflammatory diseases that not only affect you, but also complicate and impact each other.  The good news is that when periodontal disease is successfully treated, it can also have a positive impact on your overall health and inflammation system.  You might be wondering how diabetes and periodontal disease are related and how they influence one another.

It Starts With Plaque

Plaque is a sticky film, full of bacteria that collects between your teeth and along your gums.  If you’re diabetic and your blood sugar isn’t well controlled, it’s difficult for you body to combat plaque, even when brushing your teeth and flossing regularly.

From Gingivitis To Periodontitis

While most people without good oral hygiene habits are likely to develop gingivitis, those who have diabetes are 3 to 4 more times likely to suffer from gum disease, if left untreated.

Plaque and tartar build up, collecting along the gumlines and causing tender, swollen or red gums that bleed easily.  This condition is known as gingivitis, and it is a precursor to gum disease (periodontal disease.) Without intervention, advanced gum disease will lead to gum recession and tooth loss.

A Vicious Cycle

Diabetes can dramatically affect your body’s immune system response, compromising your ability to combat infection and inflammation.  As an inflammatory disease, periodontitis is greatly impacted by this. In turn, the infection caused by gum disease can affect blood sugar levels, creating a vicious cycle without intervention by your dentist. Likewise, improving one condition will make it easier for your body to combat the other.

Help Is Available!

With your dentist’s expert care, periodontitis can be successfully treated!  Monitor your blood sugar levels and speak with your dentist today about treatments available to improve your overall health.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park
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Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

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