How Does Having Diabetes Affect My Teeth?
Diabetes management includes treatment of all aspects of bodily health, and the mouth is no exception. Even the American Academy of Periodontology, as well as the European Federation of Periodontology, agree that routine dental exams are important in order to manage diabetes.
Research shows that people living with diabetes are more likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease. The problem goes further, because people with diabetes find it harder to control their symptoms, as it impairs the body’s ability to process and utilize insulin. Diabetics are also prone to develop other systemic diseases if they have periodontal disease, including heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer’s.
Diabetes and periodontal disease are both serious public health problems, and must be taken very seriously. Diabetes is a chronic condition, and left untreated, it can lead to problems such as blindness, or the need for limb amputation. It is crucial for diabetes to see their personal physician to manage their diabetes so they are not as likely to get periodontal disease. Not to mention, they must be diligent in practicing good oral hygiene! Keeping the teeth and gums healthy means the patient must brush their teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes at a time. The patient should also floss at least once a day.
Remember that when periodontal disease is controlled, a diabetic person can improve their overall health and prevent further complications from arising. To learn more about diabetes and its effect on teeth, call Allure Dental Arts today at (626) 534-6260!
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