Diabetes and Oral Health

Diabetes is a condition that affects millions while over 750,000 are diagnosed with the condition each year. Moreover, it is suspected that up to seven million are living with it and aren’t even aware of it. There are three categories of diabetes, which are:

  • Type 1 diabetes: the type that is present from birth and often diagnosed in childhood
  • Type 2 diabetes: the most common type, which is often diagnosed in adulthood
  • Gestational diabetes: the type that affects pregnant women, usually in the last trimester

Whichever type of diabetes is experienced, the inability to produce and use insulin in a normal manner can have serious negative impacts on your health and daily life. Oral health is one of the areas where you could notice those influences.

How diabetes impacts oral health

Diabetes results in increased blood sugar levels, which ultimately creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria in your mouth. This can lead to plaque, tartar, and the consequential conditions that stem from this. Gingivitis, tooth decay, and periodontal disease are likely to develop in diabetes patients. In turn, this can increase the likelihood of problems stemmed from oral health issues, including;

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Respiratory problems

Over 70% of diabetes sufferers are believed to have gum disease, with one in three showing signs of advanced periodontal problems. Therefore, anyone with diabetes should pay extra attention to their oral health at all times. Otherwise, the repercussions can be damaging.

Maintaining oral health in the face of diabetes

The key to keeping your mouth healthy when you have diabetes is to prevent sugar build-up. This means employing a solid daily cleaning ritual in which you complete all of the major steps, including brushing and flossing. Other steps include;

  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Avoiding sugary foods and soda
  • Incorporating mouthwash into your hygiene habits

While a strong daily routine will provide the foundation for success, it’s also necessary to see a dentist on a frequent basis. Regular cleaning and exams will ensure that tartar build-up is identified and removed before it has a chance to develop into gum disease. Making an appointment every six months is essential. In some cases, every 4 months may be recommended.

Take control of your oral health today

If you believe that you may have diabetes, it’s important to get this checked out by a doctor. In the meantime, you can take control of your oral health by booking an appointment with Dr. Kevin F. Postol today!

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