Know How Diabetes Affects Your Oral Health [Blog]

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month, so you’ll see a lot about this topic on the blog this month! Here’s why: diabetes and gum disease are a dangerous and progressive cycle that must be kept under control. More on that later. Here’s the bottom line:


If you or someone you love is living with diabetes, it is imperative that you maintain a healthy relationship with the dentist!


What are the consequences if you don’t? Blood glucose levels will be difficult to control, causing a faster progression of the disease. Gum disease will be rampant and will cause the loss of your teeth as well as other health complications, like heart disease.


Let’s Explain the Relationship Between Diabetes and Gum Disease

In very simple terms, you should think of a circle. It begins with diabetes. For the purposes of this blog, when we refer to diabetes, we are speaking about Type 2 diabetes. One of the problems with diabetes is that you lose your ability to fight infection, which makes you more prone to gum disease. Since gum disease affects over half of the adult population, you can see that a person with diabetes is at an immediate and serious risk of rampant periodontal disease.


A gum disease infection is serious for a lot of reasons. It can affect your overall health. Gum disease has been linked most often with heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and low birthweight babies. It also has an effect on your body’s ability to control blood sugar levels, which leaves a diabetic patient at risk for a dangerous situation.


So you can see how gum disease and diabetes affect one another. They create a cycle that can take a patient into very poor health pretty quickly. Call us today at 734-404-7336 to speak with your dentist about how diabetes could be affecting your oral health.

Protect Yourself From Harm

The good news is that you can protect yourself from harm if you are living with diabetes. The news should not shock you, but the best ways to protect yourself are to maintain healthy oral health habits!  

  1. Brush at least twice each day – Ideally, you would brush after each meal. However, brushing for a full two minutes each morning and evening is sufficient to maintain a healthy oral environment.
  2. Floss at least once per day – We cannot emphasize flossing enough. It’s easy to forget. It’s easy to ignore. But nothing about your oral hygiene routine has as much influence on gum disease infections as flossing.
  3. Visit the dentist OFTEN – Standard practice is to have your teeth examined and cleaned every 6 months. However, if you are living with a gum disease infection, you might benefit from quarterly cleanings. Ask us what we recommend for you!


Let’s revisit our bottom line:


If you or someone you love is living with diabetes, it is imperative that you maintain a healthy relationship with the dentist!


The only way that we can help you keep your oral health and diabetes under control is if we see you often. Let us be a part of your improved outcome! Call us today at 734-404-7336 to begin the process. We cannot wait to see you soon.

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