Studies show a definitive affiliation between diabetes and periodontal (gum) disease. Consistently high blood glucose in a compromised immune system allows bacterial germs to grow exponentially. Sugar is already a destructive enemy of your teeth, so being diabetic puts you in even more risk of gum disease. If you have diabetes, it is of utmost importance to maintain good oral health habits.
Without frequent brushing, flossing and a professional cleaning every 6 months, plaque builds up a sticky film on your teeth and gums. Formed from the bacteria that has flourished from the extra sugar, it will harden and become tartar if left to remain. This is the calcified grit that your dental hygienist must remove with specialized scraping instruments. Plaque and tartar can both cause infection in your gums which can lead to gingivitis and full-blown periodontitis.
There are signals to gum disease that should alert you to see your dentist. Gums that bleed easily, soreness, reddish color to the gums, inflammation, and sensitivity all accompany the periodontitis. If you have diabetes, protect yourself with the simple actions below:
-Maintain control of your diabetes and check glucose levels often.
-Faithfully take your diabetes medication and adjust it when recommended by your doctor/endocrinologist.
-inform your dentist about your diabetes and then make regular dental visits for professional cleanings.
-Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
-Floss once a day at a minimum to reach the areas missed by brushing
If you are concerned about diabetes and dental health, Dr. Ali M Arastu would be pleased to discuss it with you. Please contact Periodontal Consultants to make an appointment at: 215-463-6677, or come by our office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.