How Diabetes Affects Your Oral Health and What You Can Do To Keep That Healthy Smile

It’s absolutely critical to always let your Dental professional know of any significant changes with your health and physical condition – and this is even MORE important when you’re working with a Holistic practitioner. As we’ve discussed in some other reports, there’s a direct correlation between your physical well-being and your oral health – a correlation that goes both ways.

And if you’ve been diagnosed with either Type I or Type II Diabetes, you absolutely need to let your Dentist know right away. Why is this important? Because Diabetes can lead to some very specific challenges for your oral health, including:

  • Increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease
  • Reduced salivation or other dysfunction
  • Increased risk of fungal and other infections
  • Impaired ability to heal <li”>Even a decrease in the sense of taste

One of the primary concerns is gum disease. Statistically, people with DIABETES are two to four times more susceptible to gum disease than non-diabetics. It’s something you need to watch very carefully. Especially given that for diabetic patients, untreated gum disease raises the risk of several other severe long-term complications:

  • It can significantly complicate your body’s ability to control glycemic levels.
  • Increased glycemic levels increases your resistance to insulin – possibly leading to hyperglycemia and an increased risk for coronary heart disease.
  • Finally, poor glycemic control makes you more susceptible to recurring infections and even severe periodontal disease.

In a nutshell: your blood sugar levels are going to harder to control if a constant reservoir of bacteria in gum pockets continually produces infections and low-grade inflammation. The best way to keep this under control is through proper oral hygiene.

  1. This means brushing thoroughly with a toothpaste containing triclosan/copolymer at least twice a day.
  2. Make sure to take all medications recommended by your physician or dentist. Keep your dentist current on your overall health by asking your doctor to send all test results.
  3. Finally, make sure to schedule regular visits with your dentist for periodontic evaluation and treatment.

Managing Diabetes requires an ongoing commitment to actively monitoring and taking care of your health. By bringing your Dental professional alongside you during this journey, you’re helping make sure all facets of your health care plan are working together at peak effectiveness.

Now that’s something to smile about.

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