How does diabetes affect oral health?

Many people with diabetes are surprised to learn that research shows they are more susceptible to gum disease.

This adds serious gum disease to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

The more severe form of gum disease (called periodontitis) is when your gums begin to pull away from your teeth. This creates pockets between your teeth and gums, which are more susceptible to infections.

If this is not treated and oral health maintained, the infection can penetrate into the bone around your teeth. This can lead to your teeth moving out of alignment, become loose and even fall out or in severe cases need to be removed.

Is your diabetes causing gum disease?

The association between Gum Disease and Diabetes

Research suggests that the relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is two-ways. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.

It is also suggested people with diabetes are at higher risk for oral health problems, as they are generally more prone to bacterial infection, and therefore have a decreased ability to fight the bacteria that invades the gums.

Like all infections, serious gum disease may be a factor in causing blood sugar to rise and may make diabetes harder to control.

Another oral problem associated to diabetes includes: dry mouth, which can cause soreness, ulcers, infections and cavities.

Preventing Dental Problems Associated with Diabetes

Monitoring and controlling your blood glucose level is the best course of action. It’s also essential to adhere to a thorough oral health routine at home of brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least one a day.

You should also attend regular check-up appointments at iSmile Studio every three to six months.

This will allow our team to monitor, detect and treat any problems before they develop and require extensive and costly treatment.

Tell our team if you have Diabetes

It’s important for the iSmile Studio team to know if you have diabetes as this can influence any treatment plans we may develop. It’s also important you advise us of any medication you may be taking or a change of medication so we can alter your dental treatments accordingly.

At iSmile Studio, we are sensitive to your needs and are dedicated to providing you with the highest level of individualised care. If you have diabetes and have noticed your gums are sore or swollen, schedule a consultation appointment with one of our friendly and caring team. Our practice is located at 1/92 Balwyn Rd, Balwyn VIC 3103. You can call us on (03) 9888 5677.

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    Balwyn VIC 3103