Why Regular Dental Visits Are Crucial If You Are Diabetic

 

If you’re diabetic or is currently caring for a family member or a friend who is one, you are probably aware that the condition can also lead to a host of problems involving the eyes, kidneys, heart, and nerves. However, are you aware that diabetes can also cause oral health problems?

Here at our Houston dental practice, it’s not uncommon to receive visits from patients with diabetes. By and large, we consider these individuals as clients needing more than just basic dental care. In fact, the results of a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that nonsurgical periodontal therapy is actually not enough to manage gum problems associated with diabetes. Thus, special care should be given to these patients. 

Oral Health Problems Common in Individuals with Diabetes

If you are diabetic, your erratic blood sugar levels will increase your risk for the following oral health problems: 

  • Gum Disease – Elevated blood sugar levels can result to gum inflammation which can either be a case of gingivitis (sore, swollen, and red gums) or periodontitis (when the gums pull away or shrink from your teeth).

  • Fungal Infections – Abnormalities in blood sugar levels can suppress your immune system, increasing your risk of fungal infections in the mouth. Symptoms include difficulties in swallowing and the appearance of painful sores.

  • Delayed healing and risk of infection after oral surgery – Your blood sugar levels may need to be stabilized and monitored before undergoing oral surgery.

Let us help you manage your oral health if you’re diabetic or currently having problems with your blood sugar levels. Call us at (713) 330-7700 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your visit!

 

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