Diabetes Mellitis is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the insulin is damaged, causing abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine, leading to further detrimental effects.
1. Diabetes ranks as one of the common chronic diseases today among the U.S. population. 29.3 million people in this country have been diagnosed with diabetes and millions more with the disease don’t know they have it.
You may know that diabetes can result in other health complications such as vision deterioration, cardiovascular disease, stroke and kidney problems. Yet many people are surprised when they hear about the impact diabetes can have on your mouth.
DIABETES EXACERBATES ORAL INFECTION AND DISEASE
Periodontal disease affects over 20 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes. In many instances, it can lead to tooth loss, among other problems. A proper understanding of the link between diabetes and periodontal disease is essential in managing the conditions..
So, first and foremost, why does diabetes affect oral health?
We have billions of bacteria living in our mouths, some good, some bad. If the bad bacteria is accumulates, it can lead to gingival inflammation (inflamed, bleeding gums leading to bone and tooth loss. Because people with diabetes have a compromised immune system, they are more susceptible to gum disease.
The link between diabetes and gum disease is two-way. Because infected gums are an ideal access portal for bacteria to enter the bloodstream, bacteria from the mouth can cause blood sugar to fluctuate, making diabetes harder to manage.
There are additional oral infections and problems associated with diabetes including thrush (candidiasis-a fungal infection), dry mouth, and cavities)
ALLOW YOUR DENTAL HEALTH TEAM TO HELP YOU
Keeping us involved is the single most significant thing you can do to prevent gum disease and other oral conditions exacerbated by diabetes. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or if there are changes in your condition, let your dentist know. Keep us informed of changes in your medications and your doctor’s orders. SEE YOUR DENTIST FREQUENTLY–every six months or more if deemed necessary.
Other ways to manage your oral health and diabetes include:
- Practice good oral hygiene habits
- Do not smoke
- Control your blood sugar
- Exercise and maintain a healthy diet
YOUR HEALTH MATTERS TO US
All parts of your health are important to us, not just the health of your mouth. If you have questions about how we can help you manage your diabetes, contact us. We are your partners in ensuring both your oral and overall health.
Thank you for being our valued patients and friends!