Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes, putting them at increased risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. Many diabetics are surprised to learn that diabetes also puts them at increased risk for serious gum disease because they are generally more susceptible to bacterial infection, and have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums.
In addition, research now suggests that not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. If your blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, you are more likely to develop serious gum disease and lose more teeth than non-diabetics. You may also experience other oral problems such as thrush, an infection caused by fungus that grows in the mouth, and dry mouth which can cause soreness, ulcers, infections and cavities.
If you are diabetic, please tell Dr. Angell or our dental hygienists at Angell’s Dentistry. Keep us informed of any changes in your condition and the medications you are taking. We will work with you to meet your needs.
The best thing you can do is control your blood glucose level. Of course, you should also practice good oral hygiene and keep your regular six-month dental checkups.
If you have diabetes, Dr. Douglas Angell and the staff at Angell’s Dentistry are committed to helping you keep your mouth healthy. Give us a call to schedule an appointment for a dental checkup and be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.