Recent research also suggests that there is a two-way street between gum disease and diabetes. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to periodontitis, but this painless, yet serious type of gum disease, may also have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. Further research now suggests that people with diabetes are at a higher risk not only for periodontitis but also for oral health problems, such as gingivitis, fungal infections called thrush, mouth ulcers and cavities. Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk for gum disease and these other dental problems because they are generally more susceptible to bacterial infections, and they have a decreased ability to fight the oral bacteria that invade the gums and tooth structures!
Controlling blood glucose is the first and foremost important aspect of preventing the dental problems that are associated with diabetes. Good blood glucose control can also help prevent or relieve diabetic dry mouth, which elevates the risk for tooth decay. Taking good care of your teeth and gums, along with regular dental checkups every six months are other important steps in preventing the common dental problems associated with the disease.
As November focuses on Diabetes, don't allow this disease to negatively impact your oral health. If you are in need of a dental appointment, or have any questions concerning the dental connection and diabetes, call our office at 918-455-0123!