For the nearly 30 million Americans who have diabetes, many may be surprised to learn about an unexpected complication associated with this condition. Research shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes, adding serious gum disease to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
The best way to prevent dental problems associated with your diabetes is first and foremost, control your blood glucose level. Then, take good care of your teeth and gums, along with regular checkups every six months. To control thrush, a fungal infection, maintain good diabetic control, avoid smoking and, if you wear them, remove and clean dentures daily. Good blood glucose control can also help prevent or relieve dry mouth caused by diabetes.
The most common problem affecting gums and teeth for people with diabetes is gum disease. But diabetes also makes you prone to other mouth problems, such as oral infections.
An oral infection is a cluster of germs causing problems in one area of your mouth. Here are some warning signs.
-Pain in the mouth or sinus area that doesn’t go away.
-White or red patches on your gums, tongue, cheeks or the roof of your mouth.
-Pain when chewing. Teeth that hurt when you eat something cold, hot or sweet, or when you chew.
-Dark spots or holes in your teeth.Infections can make your blood sugar hard to control. By planning ahead and discussing a plan of action with your dentist and doctor, you will be prepared to handle needed adjustments.
Your Fountains Dental Excellence team understand that our patients with diabetes have special needs and we are equipped to meet those needs—with your help. Please inform our staff of any changes in your condition and any medication you are taking. Postpone any non-emergency dental procedures if your blood sugar is not in good control.