Dental Facts Friday: Connection Between Diabetes and Oral health

November 14, 2014

Diabetes and Dental Health

“Diabetes can be associated with an increased prevalence and severity of periodontal diseases, and as an infectious and inflammatory disease, periodontitis can affect the control of blood sugar,” says Dr. Gerald Smith, President of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) in Canada. “When blood sugars remain high over time it can put people with diabetes at risk for further complications.”

Connection between diabetes and oral health

Did you know there is a connection between diabetes and oral health? Research shows that poorly managed blood glucose (sugar) levels put you at greater risk for developing oral health problems such as gum disease, fungal infections, tooth decay, taste impairment, dry mouth and delayed healing. Conversely, having periodontal (gum) disease can intensify the complications associated with diabetes.

Know your diabetes risk!

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and the CDC Living With Diabetes site Who is at risk which urges Americans to identify the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.

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Dentists have the training and expertise to help prevent and treat any oral health problems associated with this serious disease. Through oral examinations, dentists can also detect certain oral-health conditions that could signal a need for you to be tested for diabetes. If you are experiencing any problems with your oral health, such as bleeding gums, impaired taste or dry mouth, see your dentist immediately. To help prevent gum disease and tooth decay, dentists recommends following a routine which includes brushing your teeth, flossing, using a toothpaste containing fluoride, consuming sugar in moderation and having regular dental exams.

“Diabetes is one of many medical conditions that prove the connection between your oral health and your overall health,” says Dr. Smith. “Your dentist can be a vital part of your health-care team by helping you manage the oral complications that may come with having diabetes.”

Oral health is related to overall health

Your oral health is related to your overall health. Stay in touch with a local dentist like Farhoumand Dental to assist you with your oral health needs. For information on your oral health and diabetes, go to the CDC Diabetes site to find out what your risk is of developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.

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