It is estimated that up to 27 million Americans have diabetes, but only two-thirds of these individuals are diagnosed. Studies have shown that diabetics are more susceptible to the development of oral infections and periodontal (gum) disease than those who do not have diabetes. This relationship causes great concern because serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood sugar control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. That's why it is important for people with diabetes to visit a dentist on a regular basis and to keep the dentist up to date on the status of the overall health.
What other problems are associated with diabetes?
|How can I stay healthy?
Brush your teeth with an antimicrobial toothpaste containing fluoride and rinse with antimicrobial mouth rinse at least two times a day. People with diabetes who receive good dental care and have good insulin control typically have a better chance of avoiding gum disease.
To improve their quality of life and their oral health, people with diabetes need to pay close attention to diet and exercise. People with diabetes should be sure that both their medical and dental care providers are aware of their medical history and periodontal status. To keep teeth and gums strong, those with diabetes should be aware of their blood sugar levels in addition to having their triglycerides and cholesterol levels checked on a regular basis.
What is the best time to receive dental care?