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Diabetes can contribute to dental health issues

Diabetes can contribute to dental health issues

Diabetes can Contribute to Dental Health Problems

Did you know diabetes can contribute to dental health problems?  Research shows that there is an increased chance of gum disease among people who have diabetes.  Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes and 86 million Americans have prediabetes according to the American Diabetes Association.

As a person with diabetes, being susceptible to gum disease adds to a long list of associated complications that can occur.  Heart disease, Neuropathy, Eye Damage, Foot Damage and Kidney Disease are just a few complications that are affiliated with this disease.

How Does Gum Disease Affect a Person with Diabetes?

Research suggest that people with diabetes are more susceptible to serious gum disease.  Serious gum disease has the potential to affect blood glucose levels and contribute to the advancement of diabetes. Gum disease is more prevalent with people with diabetes because they have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that penetrates the gums.  With less ability to fight infection a bacterial infection can occur in the mouth or gums.

If  your blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, you are at a much greater risk to develop gum disease and lose teeth.  Poorly controlled blood glucose levels damages blood vessels and overtime will cause hardening and narrowing of the arteries.

Other oral problems associated with diabetes are thrush, dry mouth, ulcers, infections and cavities.

How do I Reduce my Risk of Gum Disease with Diabetes?

The most important thing to remember is to control your blood glucose levels.   Poorly maintained blood glucose levels are dangerous as it can effect much more than your oral health.   Next, take good care of your teeth and gums.  Daily brushing and flossing is imperative for healthy gums and teeth.  Finally, make regular checkups at your dentist every six months.  If you have diabetes, make sure to inform your hygienist and dentist. People with diabetes have special needs.  Your dentist and hygienist will make sure they meet those needs.

 

Reference:

http://www.diabetes.org/

 

 

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Regular Checkups Can Save you Thousands!

regular checkups can save you money
Regular Checkups Can Save You Thousands
If you have dental problems like tooth decay, gum disease or even oral cancer, regular dental visits give your dentist a chance to catch it early on. That’s key. Because the earlier your dentist diagnoses a problem the easier it is to treat. For example, if you have gum disease and let it go unchecked (and untreated) for too long, you may need extensive — and expensive — gum disease treatment.
Regular dental checkups allow you and your dentist to stay ahead of problems, which can translate into thousands saved.
A professional dental cleaning is also a must because it’s the only way to effectively remove tartar (hardened plaque). Even if you brush and floss regularly, that’s not enough. Besides looking unsightly (tartar is a “stain magnet” and often has a brown or yellowish tint), tartar also contains cavity-causing bacteria. Preventing the need for a mouthful of fillings every year easily adds up to thousands saved in the long run.
Perhaps one of the most important reasons to invest in regular dental exams and cleanings is that it has a positive impact on your overall health. Recent studies have shown that there’s a link between periodontal disease and heart disease; when the former is present, the latter is twice as likely.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, gum disease can have a domino effect on your health. The bacteria caused by periodontal disease can enter your bloodstream and attach to your heart’s blood vessels, causing dangerous blood clots. Another scenario is that the plaque buildup caused by periodontal disease can cause the heart’s blood vessels to swell.
In this way, regular checkups and cleanings are not only money-saving but life-saving. And that’s priceless.