Diabetes Impacts Your Dental Health

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. There are almost 30 million Americans with diabetes in the United States. Along with overall health concerns, diabetes impacts your dental health as well. People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing periodontal disease, oral infections and dry mouth to name a few.

Periodontal disease is perhaps the most common dental problem for diabetics. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that can destroy the soft and hard structures supporting your teeth. Gingivitis is the beginning stages of gum disease and is marked by red and swollen gums. This is the body’s natural response to harmful bacteria. If left untreated, the more serious form of periodontal disease can develop. The gums will pull away from the teeth and the supporting bone is destroyed. With no supporting structure, the teeth may become loose and fall out.

Any infection in the body may cause blood sugar levels to rise. This makes diabetes harder to control because you are more susceptible to infections and are less able to fight off the bacteria in the gums. Controlling your blood glucose level, practicing good oral hygiene habits and regular checkups are vital in preventing dental problems with diabetes.

At Westchase Premier Dental, we encourage nutritious food choices to keep your smile healthy and bright. Keeping your sugar intake to a minimum will help control the bacteria levels that cause tooth decay. Drinking plenty of water will not only keep you hydrated, it also rinses away excess food particles from your teeth. These simple dietary measures are equally as important as proper dental care at home, regular checkups and professional cleanings. Give us a call at (813) 475 – 4528 to make your next dental appointment and keep your smile in excellent health.

Source: Colgate

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