We are taking the month of November to highlight the connection between adult and childhood diabetes and your oral health. We know that diabetes can wreak havoc on your overall health, causing issues for your nerves, heart, kidneys, and eyes; but what most don’t know is that diabetes can also affect your oral health. Patients with diabetes have a higher risk of developing gum disease. Gum disease is the infection of the gums that affects the teeth and their supporting tissue.
Bradenton, FL dentist Dr. Nish Patel knows the effects diabetes can have on your oral health and works closely with patients with diabetes to ensure their smile is healthy and functional. If you are noticing signs of gum disease or an overall change in your oral health, please schedule an appointment at Manatee Advanced Dentistry to get the dental care you need.
Diabetes and Your Oral Health
Diabetes alters your body’s function to process blood sugar. The body may have a difficult time producing insulin or responding to insulin. In either case, the body begins to develop high levels of blood sugar, which can affect major organs in the body. If left untread, diabetes can also affect your oral health. Patients with diabetes may be more prone to infection, difficulty producing saliva, and gum disease.
Since patients with diabetes have a difficult time controlling their blood sugar, it can affect their gum health, and vice versa. Untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other complex problems. It is important to visit the dentist if you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease.
The best way to avoid gum disease is to practice a proper oral hygiene routine. Brushing twice a day, flossing, and using an antibacterial rise can decrease your chance of developing gum disease. Dr. Patel also recommends that patients visit his Bradenton dental office at least twice a year for preventive care exams. Preventive care exams allow Dr. Patel to thoroughly examine the teeth and gums to check for any signs of gum disease or other complex dental problems.
With advancements in medicine, diabetes can be managed under the care of an experienced doctor. Patients can keep their blood sugar levels stable through proper medication, a healthy diet, and regular exercise.
If you haven’t visited the dentist this year, or you have any question in regards to your diabetes and oral health, schedule an appointment at Manatee Advanced Dentistry.