Post 43 – Diabetes & Oral Health

Diabetes and Your Oral Health

Diabetes increases the risk of oral health issues. It is imperative to maintain regular dental checkups and proper dental care. Uncontrolled diabetes results in higher than normal blood sugar levels; which not only leads to systemic health issues, but also to dental related health issues—such as developing gum disease, increasing susceptibility to oral infections, and delaying healing. If gum disease goes untreated, it will eventually lead to tooth loss.

How Can I Prevent Diabetes Related Dental Issues?
Not only is controlling your diabetes important to general systemic health, it is also important to oral health. Maintaining proper blood sugar levels along with practicing good oral hygiene can help reduce the risk of oral health issues. It all starts with seeking the help of your physician to get your blood sugar level within a reasonable range. Once you have a controlled sugar level, it is important to have regular dental exams and cleanings.

You should always floss and brush your teeth daily to reduce plaque formation. Flossing is a very effective way to fight gingivitis as it removes plaque from areas that your toothbrush will not be able to reach. Regular dental cleanings will make sure any early signs of trouble can be treated early on. You may need more frequent dental cleanings as compared to a non-diabetic individual. It is not uncommon for diabetics to have a dental cleaning every 3-4 month.

If you are diabetic, make sure to contact our office for a complete oral examination to maintain good oral health.