Proper dental hygiene doesn’t just protect you from dental diseases but also diseases that affect other parts of the body. There is a variety of major health complications that are affected by dental hygiene. Those who suffer from diabetes are often more prone to issues with their oral health, including diseases of the gums.
Diabetes and Oral Health
Periodontal diseases make it harder for you to control your blood sugar levels. This can make it very challenging for people with a predisposition towards contracting diabetes. Furthermore, by increasing the amounts of sugar and making them hard to control it makes the symptoms worse. It is therefore recommended by doctors that those suffering from diabetes get their periodontal diseases checked out as soon as possible.
How a Dentist Can Help
Your dentist is your go-to expert on anything that has to do with oral health. When you undergo an exam, your doctor can recommend follow up treatment if it appears that your diabetes symptoms are out of control. The good news is your dentist will be able to treat you if you have gum disease, which can in turn help manage your diabetes symptoms.
When scheduling an appointment with an oral care professional, some information you should share is:
- That you have been diagnosed with diabetes
- If you have been prescribed insulin for your diabetes
- The controls status of your diabetes
- The names of any over the counter medications you are taking
- If there have been other changes in your recent medical history
What is Diabetes?
When your body doesn’t produce or use insulin properly it’s considered the medical condition of diabetes. Your body needs insulin to process the sugar from your food, and the inability to process these sugars can lead to several health problems. The 3 types of diabetes are:
- Type 1
- Type 2
Some symptoms of diabetes may be:
- Overwhelming thirst
- The frequent need to urinate
- Severe lethargy
- Blurry vision
- Slow healing wounds
If you suffer from diabetes, you are already aware that this disease can damage your heart, kidneys, eyes, nerves, and many other important body functions and organs. Were you aware, however, that those with diabetes have a much higher than normal risk of developing periodontal (gum) disease?
What is Gum Disease?
When the gum and bones that hold your teeth in place become infected and inflamed, this is called a periodontal disease. They not only lead to painful chewing, but they can mean tooth loss. The mild form, gingivitis, is reversible with proper professional dental care.
What are some of the symptoms of gum disease?
Only a qualified dentist can tell you for certain whether or not you have gum disease, however, some of the symptoms that might indicate periodontal disease are:
- Continual bad breath
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Loose teeth
- Receding Gums
- Swollen, red, or tender gums
Unfortunately, too many people with diabetes ignore the warning signs, and the problem, until it’s too late. The absence of pain does not mean there is not a problem.
Visiting Fort York Dentist at (647) 346-8888 for regular appointments is the best way to avoid future problems and this is especially important for those with diabetes. Oral problems such as tooth decay or gum disease can often be reversed if they are found early and treated promptly. Your dentist can also check for other mouth conditions that are commonly associated with diabetes such as ulcers, dry mouth, and infections.