As a disease that affects nearly 29.1 millions Americans, diabetes isn’t exactly something you call fun. In fact, on the scale from having your tooth pulled to Disneyland, it’s definitely on the tooth being pulled level. However, even if you have diabetes, a strict diet and insulin can help you regulate your blood insulin levels and live a relatively normal lifestyle. Because diabetes is a blood-related disease, it can impact virtually every part of your body — including your oral health. This article will discuss a few oral conditions you may be more prone to if you have diabetes and how you can treat them. Read on to learn more.
Gingivitis, or gum disease, is one of the most common oral diseases out there. Because it causes your gums to become red, irritated, and inflamed, gum disease can be very uncomfortable. And, if you have diabetes you are at an increased risk of gingivitis because it can cause a decrease in your blood supply to your gums. If you have diabetes and have noticed any of the symptoms listed above, make sure to talk to Joel Smith about gum disease and treatments. To start out, Dr. Joel Smith may recommend that you undergo an extensive cleaning to help get rid of plaque and bacteria. If that doesn’t work, you and Dr. Smith will discuss all of your other treatment options.
Chronic Dry Mouth
Because diabetes affects your blood sugar, one of the number one symptoms of diabetes is having a dry mouth. Chronic dry mouth can reduce your mouth’s ability to properly produce enough saliva. And, because saliva acts as your mouth’s natural defense against plaque and harmful bacteria, you are more likely to develop cavities and other oral issues. Luckily, with oral medication, your dry mouth can typically be treated.
If you have diabetes, one of the best things you can do for your health is to stay informed. By knowing how diabetes can impact your oral health and what signs to look for, you can stop oral problems before they get worse. To learn more about diabetes and your oral health, contact Dr. Joel Smith’s office today!