People who have diabetes are at greater risk for developing certain oral health issues than those who do not have diabetes. A close partnership with your dentist can assist with early detection and prevention of any serious issues.
How Does Diabetes Affect Your Oral Health?
Diabetes lowers resistance to infection, and people who have it often have a weaker immune system. Periodontal disease and oral candidiasis, or fungal infection, can occur.
Periodontal (gum) disease
If you fail to brush your teeth twice daily and floss between them, a buildup of plaque will result. Your gums can become inflamed and pull away from your teeth. If periodontal disease is left untreated, the bone that supports the teeth can weaken and break down, resulting in tooth loss.
If your blood-glucose levels are poorly controlled, you may be at higher risk of developing gum disease. Evidence also suggests that if you take good care of your gums by regularly flossing between your teeth, it can help you maintain good glucose levels. Parma dentist Dr. Gecovich and one of her hygienists will show you how to floss properly and thoroughly.
Oral fungal infections
If your immune system is compromised, as it is with some diabetic patients, fungal infections can occur. Sore red or white patches can occur in your mouth. Your tongue can become irritated and sore. You can understand why its important to keep your regularly scheduled appointments for dental cleanings and exams. In Parma, Dr. Gecovich will examine your oral cavities to check for signs of a fungal infection.
Maintaining Good Oral Health with Diabetes
- Brush your teeth twice daily.
- Use floss or an interdental cleaner daily to remove food particles from between your teeth and gums. This process is crucial to removing plaque-producing bacteria from between your teeth.
- It is not enough to receive regularly dental cleanings and checkups from Dr. Gecovich. At-home care is needed, too.
- Regularly monitor your blood glucose levels, remembering that there is a relationship between it and your oral health.
- If you experience swollen or bleeding gums, dont wait for your next dental checkup; schedule an appointment with Dr. Gecovich right away. Early detection and treatment are the keys to restoring the health of your teeth and gums.
This post is sponsored by Parma, Ohio female dentist Dr. Rebecca Gecovich of Parma Ridge Family Dental.