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.