How Can Diabetes Affect Your Gums and Teeth?
It is estimated that over 20 million people in the US alone have diabetes, but only an alarming two-thirds of these people are diagnosed. Many may not even know they have the condition. Studies of diabetics show that they are more susceptible to oral infection and periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Additionally, these oral issues seem to be more severe in diabetics than non-diabetics. This is an important reason why you should always disclose any medical conditions you have so that your dentist will always know how to give proper treatment to any areas of concern.
So, how can diabetes affect your gums and teeth? Well, for starters, diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection and places your gums at risk for gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums due to the presence of the bacteria in plaque. Without routine check-ups, the untreated gingivitis can eventually become a more serious condition that was previously mentioned called gum disease. Gum disease destructs the surrounding tissues which can have a very severe impact on the health of your teeth, ultimately leading to tooth loss.
Patients that have diabetes may also experience:
- Dry mouth
- Burning mouth syndrome
- Tooth decay
If you have diabetes, there is no need to worry. Extra precautions may need to be taken, however, will good oral habits and the support of your dentist, your teeth will stay in good health. It is recommended that you brush twice a day, floss once a day and visit your dentist regularly for a professional cleaning. Diabetics should also maintain a balanced diet along with regular exercise to improve their quality of life and oral health.
If you have any questions about your oral health and diabetes, please do not hesitate to contact our dentist in Encino, Dr. Roberta Cerveny. Remember, we are here for your every need!
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