What's periodontal disease and how does it relate to diabetes?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum and surrounding bone that keeps teeth in place. Like any disease it can make it hard to keep blood sugar under control. Diabetics are more vulnerable to systemic health problems, so it's no surprise the mouth and teeth can also be a source of problems. Diabetics contract infections more easily than the rest of the population so diabetics with gum disease are more likely to have complications.
According to statistics online, more than 29 million Americans are affected by diabetes, with one in four people not even knowing they have it. There's another 86 million adults that have pre-diabetes.
Frisco dentist explains the link between diabetes and gum disease
Diabetes is a disease that results from your body not using insulin properly, so your sugar levels rise higher than normal. Bacteria thrive on sugar including glucose, the one linked to diabetes. So when the disease is poorly controlled, the mouth fluids help bacteria grow which can lead to periodontal disease.
It gets even more uncomfortable for diabetics, since periodontal disease can result in dry mouth, soreness, ulcers, infections, cavities and other dental problems. Just like with many serious health conditions, good oral hygiene is really important. Legacy Ranch Dental gives you a few tips for better dental health:
- Control blood sugar level
- Healthy diet, exercise and possibly weight loss
- Regular visits to the dentist's office
- Get a new toothbrush every three to four months
- Use a mouthwash twice a day, morning and night
- Brushing and flossing twice every day
- Brush plaque away keeping tartar at bay
- Keep dentist informed of new medication and symptoms
Visit Legacy Ranch Dental for periodontal exams and gum disease treatment
If you're a diabetic living in the Frisco, TX area, call Legacy Ranch Dental for a dental appointment with Dr. Osborne. We offer thorough periodontal exams for diabetics in which we can look for specific signs and symptoms of gum disease. We'll look for abnormalities in the mouth, the size and depth of pockets as well as the color and shape of your teeth. Frisco dentist Dr. Osborne is trained in gum disease diagnosis and can help you with a unique dental plan. Call (972) 908-5057 for your dental appointment.