Posts for category: DIABETES,ORAL HEALTH
When most people think of their blood sugar, they immediately think about diabetes! And when most people think of complications of diabetes, they usually think of an increased risk of blindness, limb amputation, heart disease, and neutopathy. However, we wanted you to know that emergening research is revealing a possible connection between uncontrolled diabetes and dental problems. Whether you have type 2 diabetes or type 1, uncontrolled high blood glucose level increases the risk of certain oral health conditions including:
- TOOTH DECAY
- PERIODONTAL DISEASE
Diabetes And Proper Dental Care
If you have diabetes, it is more importance than ever to take your dental care seriously and practice excellent oral hygiene. These recommendations will help:
MANAGE YOUR DIABETES. First and foremost, it is vital to control your high blood sugar in accordance with your physician's instructions - not only for the sake of your oral health, but your overall health. With properly controlled blood sugar, you reduce the risk of developing gingivitis and oral health issues.
PRACTICE GOOD AT-HOME ORAL HYGIENE. This means brushing at least twice a day and flossing. At a minimum, brush your teeth in the morning and at night, but after meals and snacks if you can. Use a soft toothbrush to avoid injuring your gums. Don't neglect flossing, because it helps to remove plaque below the gumline and between teeth.
VISIT THE DENTIST REGULARLY. While it is important to see the dentist every six months even if you do not have diabetes, it is even more crucial to have a professional teeth cleaning and dental exam if you have diabetes. As dental professionals, our team at Thomas Family Dentistry is able to detect early dental conditions before they develop into something more serious and costly.
BE CONSCIENTIOUS ABOUT EXAMINING YOUR OWN GUMS AND TEETH. By looking for early signs of gum disease, which can include bleeding gums, irritated gums, gums that are red (verses a healthy pink), or swelling, an early diagnosis and treatment can be started immediately.
Managing diabetes takes effort, not only in watching your diet, exercising, monitoring your blood sugar levels, and taking your medication, but obtaining proper dental care. If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!
November is National Diabetes Month! Today's BLOG takes a closer look at Diabetes and the Dental Connection! For nearly 30 million Americans who have diabetes, many may be surprised to learn about an unexpected complication associated with this condition. Research shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those patients with diabetes. Serious gum disease called periodontitis, has now been added to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
Recent research also suggests that there is a two-way street between gum disease and diabetes. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to periodontitis, but this painless, yet serious type of gum disease, may also have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of the overall disease itself. Further studies now report that people with diabetes are at a higher risk not only for periodontitis, but also for other oral health problems, such as gingivitis, fungal infections called thrush, mouth ulcers and cavities. Patients with diabetes are at an elevated risk for gum disease and these other dental problems because that are generally more susceptible to bacterial infections, and they have a decreased ability to fight the oral bacteria that invade the gums and tooth structures!
Controlling blood glucose is the first and foremost important aspect of preventing the dental problems associated with diabetes. Good blood glucose control can also help prevent or relieve diabetic dry mouth, which elevates the risk for tooth decay. Taking good care of your teeth and gums, along with regular dental checkups every six months, or as instructed by Our Dental Team, are further steps that can be taken to prevent the common dental problems associated with the disease.
As November focuses on Diabetes, don't allow this disease to negatively impact your oral health. If you are in need of an Appointment, or have any questions concerning the Dental Connection and Diabetes, call our office at 918-455-0123!