Diabetes and Dental Health: How It Affects You and What to Do - KRB Dentistry
  • Dec 15, 2022

Diabetes and Dental Health: How It Affects You and What to Do

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. If you have diabetes, there are a number of health problems you may have to face, especially periodontal disease – which is an advanced version of gingivitis, where your gums are inflamed, swollen, and often bleeding. Diabetes and oral health are often linked together.

Diabetes can make managing your dental health a little more difficult, but don’t worry: there are strategies in place that we can use to help you. Let’s investigate that now.

Diabetes and Dental Health: How Does it Affect My Mouth’s Health?

Diabetes-induced dental problems can be unique in a variety of different ways. Some of the biggest factors are the amount of sugar you eat, which can make you have more sugar in your saliva – possibly worsening tooth decay. In addition, diabetes can often harm the body’s ability to heal, because it damages the white blood cell count in your body because of higher blood sugar.

All of the above can worsen tooth decay, make it harder for your body to fight infections, and make gum disease much more likely.

So what can be done about all of these issues?

Diabetes and Tooth Decay/Gum Health – Strategies and Solutions

Luckily, you have many different avenues to try and fight tooth decay and gum disease, even if you happen to have diabetes. Let’s go over the most important steps that you should take:

  1. Keep up with your dental health. That means brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and if you have diabetes, it also means being more cognizant of your dental health. Diabetes and oral health require more awareness than normal from the patient.
  2. Check-in with a dentist much more often. Get cleanings, inspections, and X-rays. In addition, you should probably talk to your dentist about your dental health needs as someone with diabetes.
  3. If you believe you’ve got a severe tooth problem, such as a root canal, seriously inflamed gums, or an infection, see a dentist immediately.

Remember that with diabetes and oral health, waiting can only hurt and not help you when seeking treatment. Most dental health issues worsen over time, and you can’t expect things to clear up on their own – diabetes harms the healing process by hurting your white blood cell count through high blood sugar.

Conclusion: Visit KRB Dentistry For Specialized Care

It’s important to take your diabetes and oral health seriously. Diabetes teeth can cause long-term damage if not dealt with properly, so please contact us if you need assistance.

If you’re unsure about your diabetes and oral health needs, contact us here to get further assistance.  If you feel like you need care, book an appointment with us and we’ll be sure to give you a customized treatment plan that takes your needs into account.

Get in touch with us for a healthy smile today – and don’t forget to brush and floss!

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