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Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

added on: March 18, 2014

Your mouth and body are inseparable, and when it comes to gum, or periodontal health, nothing could be more apparent. In our last blog, we discussed how periodontal disease can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease. In this one, we will talk about how diabetes affects your gums.

Why Diabetics May Need to See their Dentists More Often

Studies have shown that diabetics are more susceptible to the development of oral infections and periodontal (gum) disease―than those who do not have diabetes. Diabetes decreases your ability to fight gum disease and gum disease can worsen diabetes. How? It is thought that gum disease can affect blood sugar control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. When Dr. Alex or Sophia Masters  keep an eye on the health of your gums, we are also keeping an eye on your diabetes. It is also important that you let our Clinton Township dental office know about any changes your doctor has mentioned.

Can Diabetes Affect any Other Aspects of My Oral Health?

Because diabetes is also often associated with both thrush (candidiasis), an infection caused by a fungus that grows in the mouth, and dry mouth, which can cause soreness, ulcers, infections, and cavities, keeping your Clinton Township dental office informed and up to date on any changes in your mouth is very important. This information, along with regular visits, can help us keep your teeth and gums in better health and stop problems before they become major.

Other Ways Clinton Township  Diabetics Can Protect their Oral Health

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, ”People with diabetes who receive good dental care and have good insulin control typically have a better chance of avoiding gum disease.” Here are a few tips that can help:

  • Brush your teeth with an antimicrobial toothpaste containing fluoride.

  • Rinse with antimicrobial mouthwash at least two times a day.

  • Pay close attention to diet and exercise.

  • Be sure that both your medical and dental care providers are aware of your medical history and periodontal status.

  • Be aware of your blood sugar levels in addition to having your triglycerides and cholesterol levels checked on a regular basis.

For more information about diabetes and your oral health, please call our Clinton Township dental office.