How Diabetes Affects Oral Health

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with diabetes? It’s important to understand how this condition affects oral health. Diabetes is a disease that can cause damage to the eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other essential systems in the body. Many early diabetics also don’t realize that problems can arise in their mouth as well.

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Individuals who suffer from diabetes are a potential risk for periodontal (gum) disease. This disease is characterized by an infection that occurs deep within the hum and underlying bone responsible for holding teeth in place.Those who contract periodontal disease will immediately experience their gums receding from their teeth. Pockets will soon develop between teeth and gums, pockets loaded with germs and pus that continue to grow deeper.

The most extreme cases of periodontal disease will require you to undergo gum surgery in order to salvage your teeth. When left untreated, the disease moves on to destroy the bone surrounding your teeth. Weakened bone structure leads a direct path to teeth falling out of your mouth – it’s a viscous cycle.

Periodontal disease can cause significant problems when left untreated. The disease has been known to cause painful chewing and swelling, including the loss of teeth altogether. It can also bring about ulcers, infections, and tooth decay. Smokers, be advised: your habit will only make this problem worse!

Wondering how to improve your situation? Controlling your diabetic condition is your first step. Maintain a good blood glucose level and you can prevent oral complications from ever occurring. Research shows that people with poor glucose levels develop gum disease more often than individuals who have their condition under control.

If you already know you have diabetes, it’s important to notify your dentist and have yourself checked. We can help you manage the special needs your diabetic condition requires.

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