Dental Disasters: Diabetes Connection to Oral Health

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With well over 29 million people in the United States alone suffering from diabetes, it is safe to say that this is a national health epidemic. The nefarious connection between diabetes and overall body health is well established, and that also includes your dental health.

A compromised immune system and the body’s inability to control blood sugar is at the heart of the issue. Sugar feeds bacteria, and when bacteria flourish in the mouth you will soon see gum disease (aka periodontitis). Gum disease at its most serious means the loss of the bone and tissue that anchor the teeth. Once this occurs, tooth loss is a reality.

Because diabetics are at much greater risk for gum disease, it is imperative that you watch for the warning signs of periodontitis while taking steps to control your blood glucose levels. Daily monitoring with a blood glucose meter can help you see when your sugars are spiking and pinpoint what foods are affecting you adversely. Taking medications prescribed by your endocrinologist to keep your diabetes at bay is also something you should not neglect.

As for gum disease warning signs, if your gums bleed frequently, become red and inflamed, or your teeth look longer because of receding gumlines, come see us immediately for evaluation and treatment.

To talk more about ways to improve your oral health, call Dr. Pantea Nooraee and our helpful team at Twins Family Dentistry. Phone: 972-335-3000, or come by our office in Frisco, Texas.