Diabetes and Dental Care

Diabetes and Dental Care

Posted by Dr. Robin Mells on Feb 25 2022, 11:18 AM

A healthy mouth is crucial for everyone, but high blood sugar might make it more difficult to maintain a healthy mouth. Taking care of your mouth is important for your overall health and well-being; it even influences your self-esteem. Good oral health habits can help reduce tooth and gum disease-related discomfort and infections. If you have diabetes, Robin Lambert Mells DDS in San Jose, CA can help you improve your overall oral health by providing customized treatment choices.

Why Are Diabetics More Prone to Dental Health Problems?

Diabetes and oral health concerns are linked to high blood sugar levels. If your blood sugar level is out of balance, you are more likely to suffer oral health problems. Diabetes also lowers white blood cells, the body's major defense against bacterial infections, making you more prone to acquiring oral infections.

Relationship between Diabetes and Dental Health

Diabetes Can Cause a Decrease in Blood Supply to the Gums

This means you may be more susceptible to infection in your gums as well as the bones that hold your teeth in place.

Diabetes Can Cause Dry Mouth and Worsen Gum Disease

When you have high blood sugar levels, you usually produce less saliva. When there is less saliva, you risk offering more space for tooth-decaying germs and increased plaque formation.

Periodontitis Can Be Caused by Diabetes

We know that diabetes can cause early gum disease or gingivitis because it decreases your ability to fight bacteria. If left untreated, this can progress to a more serious condition known as periodontitis. This can damage the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth, causing your jawbone and gums to slide away from your teeth. 

How Can I Ensure That My Diabetes Does Not Harm My Oral Health?

Control Your Diabetes

Maintain a close eye on your blood sugar levels and follow your doctor's recommendations to keep them within normal ranges. The better your blood sugar control, the less likely you are to develop gingivitis and other dental problems.

Look For Early Signs of Gum Disease

Symptoms of gum disease, like redness, swelling, or bleeding gums, should be reported to your dentist. Include any other signs and symptoms, such as dry mouth, loosened teeth, or tooth pain.

Quit Smoking

Tobacco use raises the risk of diabetes complications, as well as gum disease and tooth loss.

For the best dental care in San Jose, CA, call (408) 243-4216, schedule an appointment, or visit us at 251 O'Connor Drive Suite #3, San Jose, CA 95128.

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