Diabetes Mellitus is a syndrome characterized by hyperglycemia due to deficiency of insulin. Recent studies by the American Diabetes Association stated that about 18 million people in the United States have diabetes. An estimated 13 million are aware of the condition, however 5.2 million have yet to be diagnosed and have no idea that they have the disease.
If you are living with diabetes, you are vulnerable to a host of complications in your entire body.
Unfortunately, the mouth and teeth are not immune from such problems, and many diabetics with oral problems go undiagnosed until conditions become advanced. Diabetes is a risk factor for severe periodontal disease and diabetics are more likely to develop periodontal disease than non-diabetics. In some cases, periodontal disease increases the severity of diabetes and complicates control of the metabolism and blood sugar levels needed for diabetic care.
Control of periodontal infection with the help of a dentist such as Dr. Obeid who is well-versed in diabetic and oral health strategies is an essential component of long-term diabetes control.
Why Are Diabetics More Susceptible to Gum Problems?
Oral infections and other dental health problems such as receding gums and gum disease, or periodontal disease, are common afflictions among diabetics for many reasons. For instance, diabetics often are plagued by diminished saliva production, which can hamper the proper cleansing of cavity-causing debris and bacteria from the mouth. In addition, out of balance blood sugar levels can lead to problems that promote cavities, slow healing and accelerate gum disease.
Dental Care for Diabetes and Oral Health
As with any condition, good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing and rinsing, as well as the proper diabetic diet, will go a long way in preventing needless problems.
Yet, there are other aspects of dental health and wellness that should be considered for your optimum oral health.
There’s a proven relationship between healthy gums and teeth, normal blood-sugar levels, and overall good health in diabetics. Diabetics need to be vigilant about their overall and oral health.
If you are diabetic, please visit your dentist regularly to ensure that you promptly deal with any gum problems and adhere to the latest and best strategies for diabetic oral care.
We have a very comprehensive program for treating gum disease at Oakridge Dental Center. Please feel free to call us with any questions you may have at 248-652-1100.