What risks are associated with Diabetes?
- Greater risks for developing oral health problems with more complications
- Increases risk of developing bone infections, which ultimately lead to loss of teeth
- Decreased resistance to infection and more prone to developing oral infections
- Infections and dental surgeries take longer to heal
- Compromised immune systems may be prone to developing fungal infections
What is the link between Diabetes and Gum Disease?
- Studies over the past decade reinforce the link between periodontal disease and diabetes
- People with diabetes are 4 times more likely to develop gum disease
- The presence of any gum inflammation makes it much more difficult for a diabetic to control their blood sugar
- ELIMINATION of any gum inflammation IMPROVES diabetic control
- Maintaining your blood sugar and periodontal health in combination, provide many exceptional benefits to controlling your diabetes
So what can I do to help control my diabetes and keep my teeth for life?
- Routine periodontal care at a minimum of every four months as recommended by The American Dental Association
- To reduce your risk of developing fungal infections, maintain good control of your blood glucose levels
- If you wear dentures, remove and clean them daily
- It is not advisable to wear dentures around the clock because tissues that are covered constantly with denture material can become irritated
- If you smoke, seek help to quit. Smoking increases the risk of developing periodontitis and fungal infections, such as thrush.
- Maintain healthy blood sugar levels, eat a well-balanced diet and practice good oral health care
Good oral care at home and regular visits to your dentist provide a solid foundation for maintaining a healthy smile. Talk with him or her about your current health status and any oral health concerns you may have. Together we can develop a personalized oral health care plan.