Diabetes is a common medical condition, but one that is closely linked to your oral health. In fact, the relationship between diabetes and dental health is a two-way street. Research shows if you have uncontrolled diabetes, you have a higher risk of dental problems. However, if you have oral health problems such as advanced gum disease, you may have a more difficult time managing your diabetes.
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, it becomes even more critical that you take steps to protect your teeth and gums. Most dental problems, such as decay and gum disease, develop when plaque accumulates in along the teeth and gums. Unfortunately, high blood glucose encourages plaque to grow. Therefore, diabetic patients who struggle with a higher blood glucose, are at an increased risk for or health issues. Being proactive about your dental health is imperative!
Follow These Step if You Have Diabetes
Here is a brief list of action steps you can take if you have diabetes and want to protect your smile health:
- Share your diabetes condition with your family dentist.
- Stay diligent to maintain and manage your blood glucose levels at a normal level.
- Practice good oral hygiene at home, brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once each day.
- Visit your dentist for a professional cleaning and check-up twice a year, but be prepared to be seen more frequently as a diabetic.
- Ask your hygienist to show you the best brushing and flossing techniques and products.
- Call your dentist immediately if you notice any changes with your dental health (especially swollen or bleeding gums).
- Ask your primary physician and family dentist if switching your diabetes medication can better help you maintain healthy gums and teeth.
At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we understand the close link between overall health and oral health. When it comes to medical conditions like diabetes, you’ll find that we go above and beyond to make sure your smile doesn’t suffer due to poor blood glucose levels. If you are struggling to maintain your dental health as a diabetic, please call our office today so that we can develop a successful treatment plan.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,