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The Diabetes – Oral Health Connection

The Diabetes – Oral Health Connection

Posted by Bruce R Clark on Nov 27 2022, 05:18 AM

Diabetes is a medical condition that affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar or glucose levels. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, a hormone that helps cells absorb sugar, and type 2 occurs when the body doesn’t use insulin properly. Diabetes affects the body in many ways, including the mouth. People who have diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease, dry mouth, and infections. This can increase the risk of cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, and other oral health problems. Diabetic patients must maintain good oral hygiene habits and visit Bruce R Clark, DDS, MAGD, every six months for regular checkups and cleanings. 

How Are Diabetes and Oral Health Related?

Dentists suggest diabetics should practice good oral hygiene habits to prevent gum disease. Gum disease is a serious health problem that can increase the risk of other severe health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, and more.

Patients who suffer from diabetes should follow proper brushing and flossing techniques to avoid plaque buildup and other dental problems. Skipping regular dental cleanings and exams also increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. By practicing quality dental care at home and avoiding sugary foods, patients can reduce the risk of getting cavities and gum disease. Patients can also consult a dentist about what products to use to maintain optimal dental health.

Additionally, patients who smoke cigarettes or use other forms of tobacco are at greater risk of developing gum disease and an increased risk of developing oral cancer. Smokers are also at risk of losing their teeth earlier than nonsmokers. Quitting smoking or tobacco use can save teeth and improve overall health.

What Steps Can I Take To Protect My Teeth and Gums?

  • Blood glucose levels in people with diabetes can lead to dry mouth, increasing the risk of tooth decay or gum disease. Keep your mouth moist by drinking water or using sugar-free saliva substitutes.
  • A dentist can screen for signs of oral cancer and check for early signs of cavities or gum disease. Your dentist can also provide recommendations regarding proper brushing habits and oral hygiene products to help maintain your oral health while managing diabetes.
  • Regular blood sugar monitoring is essential for overall health, but it can also reduce the likelihood of oral health problems, including infections in the mouth. Talk with your doctor about how often you should check your blood sugar and what tools should be used.

Get in touch with Bruce R Clark, DDS, MAGD, at 2550 Stover St E-102, Fort Collins, CO 80525, or call ( 970 ) 4988607 for the best dental care tailored to your specific needs.

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