The Mouth is but a part of the body and the health of the mouth is an early indicator of many things that ail the human body. Healthy teeth, gums and mouth help maintain a good overall health. Diabetes is estimated to affect more than 9% of the US population. At Serene Dentistry, we wish to educate our patient on the connection between Diabetes and Dental Health.
What’s the connection?
Diabetes affects all the tissues of the body. It affects the mouth in more than one way. Uncontrolled diabetes reduces saliva production and this can lead to increased risk of caries. Patients with uncontrolled diabetes are also highly prone to develop periodontal disease due to the inflamed gums and trapping the bacteria under the inflamed gums. This can lead to bone loss. And with bone being what holds teeth in the jaws, the teeth can get mobile.
Like most infections, gum disease can also lead to an increase in blood sugar levels, and that makes diabetes harder to keep under control. So this is a negative vicious cycle, which can be taken care of with a few preventive measures.
Tips for people with diabetes
- Blood glucose control is key to better health for the body and the mouth.
- Brush twice a day and floss at least once a day.
- If you wear dentures, be sure to clean them regularly.
- Following the post-treatment instructions after dental procedures especially extractions is critical for people with diabetes as the healing process is slower.
- Keep a good oral hygiene and get your teeth and gums cleaned and checked by your dentist twice a year, or more if you have gum or periodontal disease.
- Talk to your dentist about your diabetes and your blood sugar levels. Share your doctor’s contact information with your dentist for any consultation.
Please feel free to talk to Dr. Jay Jayachandran more about this topic during your next visit.