Diabetes and oral health: Is there a connection?
Diabetes is commonly known as a chronic illness that affects the body’s ability to take up glucose. Who knew it could affect your oral health too? Periodontal disease is something that often goes hand in hand with diabetes. When blood glucose levels are uncontrolled, it can put you at a serious risk for gum disease and all that comes with it, like dry mouth, ulcers, tooth decay, and infection. Keeping your blood sugar under control is the first step in preventing gum disease, or lessening its symptoms if it’s already happening. You should also continue brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day–whether you’re a diabetic or not! Speaking with your dentist about ways to maintain your oral health in spite of your diabetes is a good first step in preventing periodontal disease.
Dr. Carter has a great deal of experience working with diabetic patients. She and her staff are ready to help you make a new, revitalized plan that will help you control your risk for gum disease, even with your diabetes!