Research shows a one-to-one relation between diabetes and gum disease (aka periodontitis).
Constant high blood glucose in a weakened immune system permits bacterial germs in the mouth to flourish. Sugar is already a destructive enemy of your teeth. So, being diabetic puts you in even more risk. If you have diabetes, it is urgently important to keep up good oral health habits.
Without frequent brushing, flossing and a professional cleaning every 6 months, plaque builds up a sticky film on your teeth and gums. Formed from the bacteria that has flourished from the extra sugar, it will harden and become tartar if left to remain. This is the calcified grit that your dental hygienist must remove with specialized scraping instruments. Plaque and tartar can both cause infection in your gums, which can lead to gingivitis and full-blown periodontitis.
Several signs should sound the alarm for you to see your dentist about potential gum disease progression. Gums that bleed easily, soreness, reddish color to the gums, inflammation, and sensitivity all accompany the periodontitis. If you have diabetes, protect yourself with the simple actions below:
-Keep control of your diabetes and check glucose levels often.
-Regularly and faithfully take your diabetes medication and adjust it when recommended by your doctor/endocrinologist.
-Alert your dentist about your diabetes and the medication you are taking, then keep regular dental visits for professional cleanings.
-Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
-Floss once a day at a minimum to reach the areas missed by brushing
If you are concerned about diabetes and dental health, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner would be pleased to discuss it with you. Please contact our office to make an appointment at: 860-673-7155, or come by our office in Burlington, Connecticut.