With all the concerns that people with diabetes have, oral health is not often one they consider. However, because of their high glucose (sugar in the blood) levels, diabetics are vulnerable to issues that lead to gum disease. Sugar in saliva allows damaging bacteria to multiply. The abundance of bacteria creates an infection and attacks the gums. Symptoms include inflamed, bleeding, red gums and loose teeth. If the infection is not treated, it can advance to periodontitis, an oral health disease that threatens mouth tissue and may result in severe gum recession and the eventual loss of teeth.
Periodontitis is serious whether you have diabetes or not, but it’s especially troublesome for people that are trying to keep their blood sugar stable. Elevated blood sugar levels have been linked to infection and make it more difficult to fend off and clear the infection. Prolonged infection can worsen the diabetes, which can negatively impact your cardiovascular and kidney health as well.
Making your oral health a priority impacts your overall well-being. At Brentwood Dental Group, we recommend that our patients with diabetes develop a strong oral cleaning routine that includes regular brushing with fluoridated toothpaste and daily flossing. At your bi-annual check-up, we will customize a preventative care plan to help you protect your teeth, mouth, and gums. A colorful diet rich in green vegetables and low in sugars and carbohydrates will help you defend against gum disease by stabilizing glucose.
We may recommend an uptick in your professional dental cleanings as well. Diabetics benefit from the concentrated and thorough removal of plaque and tartar build up as it can markedly improve blood sugar stability and overall diabetic health.
At Brentwood Dental Group, we have a team of caring dentists who have years of experience helping people with diabetes, who have specialized needs, protect their smiles. We will work with you to develop a personalized plan to help manage your overall health. Call us to schedule your consultation.
Posted on behalf of Brentwood Dental Group