Let’s start off with a fact – A staggering 29.1 million people in the United States alone have diabetes. Yes, that’s 9.3% of the total population. It’s estimated that approximately 1.7 million cases are diagnosed each year. This is a raising issue as most people living with diabetes don’t even know they have it.
The condition influences your body’s natural ability to process sugar. The food is turned to sugar and later used for energy. While Type I diabetes hinder the body’s capacity to make enough insulin to carry sugar from your blood to the cells for energy, Type II diabetes obstruct the body’s potential of responding to insulin. Both cases contribute to high blood sugar levels causing problems with several functions and parts of your body, including the eyes, nerves, kidneys and heart.
Before we proceed any further, let’s understand the signs and roles of diabetes and how they can affect that smile of yours.
Symptoms of Dental Problems in Diabetes
As mentioned before, the warning signs of the ailment impact every part and functions of your body. You have high blood sugar, may feel excessively thirsty, would have to urinate a lot, lose weight and get fatigued whilst performing simple everyday tasks, such as walking. Other than these common symptoms, low blood sugar in diabetic patients can cause them to lose consciousness.
Untreated diabetes can put your mouth in potential danger as well.
- Diabetes and certain medications can lead to the drop in the amount of saliva, causing your mouth to feel dry all the time and putting you at a higher risk of cavities.
- Gums may become inflamed causing bleeding, gingivitis and other frequent infections inside of your mouth.
- You may have problems tasting food
- You may have to experience delayed wound healing
- Your teeth may become loose
- You may have bad breath
Periodontal (gum) disease in Crowley is the most common dental disease, affecting nearly 22% patient’s diagnosed with diabetes. This chronic disease can damage your gums, tissues that support the teeth and even your bones. Ageing is another factor that causes poor blood sugar control, increasing the risk for greater gum problems. Similarly, people with diabetes are at a higher risk for gum diseases owing largely to poor blood sugar control. The infections due to serious gum disease, on the other hand may cause blood sugar to rise. You become more vulnerable to the disease and are less able to combat with bacteria invading the gums, making diabetes extremely difficult to control.
Preventing Dental Problems
Taking good care of your gums and teeth can help prevent dental problems for optimal wellness.
- Maintain your blood sugar control
- Avoid smoking
- Brush with a soft brush twice a day
- Floss regularly
- See your dentist for regular checkups periodically
- Make sure to tell your dentist that you have diabetes
Treating gum disease can greatly improve blood sugar control in patients with diabetes and help them decrease the progression of the disease.
We encourage you to take diabetes and dental care seriously and come to us for the treatment that involves professional care from our low-cost dentists to aid in keeping your healthy smile and potentially slowing the advancement of diabetes.