That’s scary, but true! That’s how gum disease starts. And if you are a diabetes sufferer, your Columbia dentist Dr. Wych wants you to know that you’re at a higher risk!
The Link Between Gum Disease and Diabetes
People who have diabetes are surprised when they learn about the link between their condition and gum disease. It’s another complication they have to deal with in addition to heart and/or kidney disease and the threat of a stroke.
Now research is showing that this link is a two-way street. It’s been discovered that severe gum disease can also contribute to the progression of diabetes. Research also shows that victims of diabetes are at higher risk for other oral health conditions such as gingivitis and periodontitis. They are typically more vulnerable to bacterial infection and have a diminished capacity to fight the bacteria that can attack the gums.
Serious gum disease may also contribute to rises in a patient’s blood sugar, making diabetes more difficult to control. Overall if the blood glucose levels aren’t properly controlled, diabetes sufferers are more likely to lose more than those not afflicted with the disease.
Other oral health problems associated with diabetes include thrush - an infection caused by fungus that grows in the mouth - and dry mouth, which can cause soreness, ulcers, infections and cavities.
Preventing Dental Problems Associated with Diabetes
The most important step in prevention is to control your blood glucose level. Take good care of your teeth and gums, and go in for regular checkups with your Columbia dentist at six-month intervals. To control thrush, avoid smoking and if you wear dentures, remove and clean them daily.
Talk to your dentist!
People with diabetes have special needs and your dentist and hygienist are equipped to meet those needs - with your help. Keep your Columbia dentist and hygienist informed of any changes in your condition and any medication you might be taking. Postpone any non-emergency dental procedures if your blood sugar is not in good control.
We know that visiting your Columbia dentist isn’t a favorite way to spend your day, but why not call our office today to schedule your next checkup? That’s one more thing you can cross off your to-do list!