Roughly 26 million people suffer from diabetes, and approximately 25% of these people have not been diagnosed. Many people are unaware of the prevalent link between dental health complications and diabetes, so the doctors at Grinnell Street Dental would like to discuss this serious issue in today’s blog.
Diabetes and Gum Disease
Research suggests that there is a direct relationship between diabetes and gum disease. This means that not only are people with diabetes at higher risk of developing gum disease, but serious gum disease may potentially effect blood glucose control and lead to the advancement of diabetes. Research shows that diabetics are more susceptible to gingivitis (the earliest stage of gum disease), and periodontitis (serious gum disease). This is due to the fact that people with diabetes are predisposed to bacterial infection and lack the ability to fight the bacteria that invades gums.
Preventing Dental Problems
Diabetes is also associated with the following oral health issues: dry mouth, which can lead to soreness, cavities, ulcers and infections, and thrush, a yeast infection that occurs in the mouth. Anyone who has trouble controlling their blood glucose level is at a higher risk for developing serious gum disease and losing more teeth than those who do not have diabetes. Therefore, if you are diabetic, you must be vigilant about checking and maintaining your blood sugar levels. Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice daily, flossing daily, and attending regular dental checkups. We also recommend that you avoid smoking. If you wear dentures, remove and clean them twice daily.
For more information on the relationship between diabetes and dental health, or to schedule your next checkup, contact your Sheridan dentist office at (307) 672-7567. We serve patients from Sheridan, WY and the surrounding communities.