Diabetes And Your Oral Health
Oral Health and Diabetes may seem like they have nothing to do with one another, but developing research is showing that not only are the almost 26 million Americans that suffer with diabetes at a higher risk, but those with gum disease might be at higher risk for diabetes.
Periodontitis is a serious disease where your gums will separate from your teeth, making pockets that fill with pus and germs. Eventually, this can lead to your teeth loosening or moving, and needed to be removed.
When you are diabetic, it is critical that you maintain proper blood glucose levels. If you don’t, it puts you at higher risk for gum disease and tooth loss, and just as the sugar levels can cause the disease, the disease can make the sugar levels harder to manage.
So what does this mean if you’re a diabetic? Routine oral health is important to begin with, but this is where you have to take extra care. Inform your dentist of your condition and any medication you may be taking. This way your dentist, and you, can take the necessary steps to maintain your oral health.