Does Diabetes Affect Your Oral Health?
Many people wonder how their other health issues impact their oral health. Diabetes is a major health issue in the United States, affecting nearly 10% of Americans. And it can have a major effect on oral health if it goes untreated.
Of course it is important to stay on top of your blood sugar for many reasons, but your mouth is one of them. You may start producing less saliva, which, among other things, protects your teeth. With less protection, your teeth become more prone to developing cavities. Your gums may also show signs of an infection called gingivitis, which include inflammation and bleeding. This is especially serious, since gingivitis can worsen into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that destroys gums and other tissues in the mouth. Teeth and bone can be weakened and damaged as well.
Periodontal disease affects 1 in 5 people with diabetes. It can be especially serious for people with diabetes because poor blood sugar control decreases a person’s ability to combat infection, which in turn can raise blood sugar. But while very serious, periodontal disease is also preventable with proper care. Be sure to maintain effective oral hygiene habits by brushing twice daily and flossing every day. Also, be sure to keep up on regular checkups and cleanings. To schedule an appointment with our team of doctors, call 515.965.5999.
Everyone at Lifepoint Dental Partners has the well-being of our patients as our top priority. Please take the time to take care of your smile.