During National Diabetes month, we should examine the relationship between diabetes, gum disease, and oral health.
Diabetes can lead to oral health issues. When the blood supply to your gums is reduced you are more prone to developing infections in your mouth. If your diabetes is not controlled, you can develop a dry mouth due to the high blood sugar in your body. A dry mouth can put you at risk for gum disease, worsen gum disease if you already have it, and increase your risk of tooth decay. A dry mouth also increases the build-up of plaque and bacteria due in part to the fact that saliva is not present to help wash bacteria off of your teeth.
A person who is not aware he has diabetes may notice these oral health issues first. They are cause for concern. As they are symptoms of diabetes, you should make appointments with both your dentist and your physician.
If you know you are diabetic, you must take special care of your teeth and gums. Ask your dentist to recommend products you should use. Above all, do not fail to visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist can offer valuable advice for your oral health.
Diabetics already know the importance of choosing the right foods. Special attention to oral health will also help you stay healthy. Whether you know you are diabetic or have recently noticed symptoms, regular dental visits should be part of your life. As a diabetic, if you have already been diagnosed with gum disease, it is important to consult with a periodontist to establish treatment in order to prevent it from worsening. Contact Stoner Periodontic Specialists today to seek treatment for gum disease.