Diabetes and Your Oral Health

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Diabetes and Your Oral Health

Did you know diabetes can have an effect on your oral health? Studies show that people with diabetes are more susceptible to oral infections and gum disease. Dr. Pham, your Chula Vista cosmetic dentist and family dentist, fills you in on what you need to know.

Why are people with diabetes more susceptible to oral infections and gum disease?
People with diabetes are more susceptible to oral infections and gum disease because diabetes reduces a person’s resistance to infection, putting them more at risk of developing gingivitis (an inflammation of the tissue that supports the gums) caused by the build-up of plaque under the gum line. Gingivitis is treatable but, if left untreated, can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis is the irreversible destruction of the supporting tissues of the teeth, which can lead to tooth loss and even bone destruction.

What can happen when you have diabetes and gum disease?
Gum disease can lead to inflammation, bleeding gums, infection, and eventually (if untreated) tooth loss and bone destruction.

Serious gum disease can also potentially affect blood sugar control and contribute to the progression of diabetes itself.

Diabetes can also lead to oral conditions such as thrush (candidiasis, an infection caused by fungus) and dry mouth (which can cause soreness, ulcers, infections, and cavities).

What can someone with diabetes do to avoid gum disease?
People with good medical care and good insulin control have better chances of avoiding gum disease. To increase these chances there are some recommended practices**:

·      Visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. Report any swelling or bleeding gums, loose or painful teeth
·      Maintain good oral hygiene – brush teeth twice a day and floss every day
·      Rinse w/ antimicrobial mouthwash at least 2x a day
·      Play close attention to diet and exercise
·      Make sure medical and dental care providers are aware of medical history and periodontal status.
·      Don’t smoke

At the dentist’s office…

Try to schedule dental appointments in the morning when blood glucose levels are generally more stable. The dentist may prescribe antibiotics, medicated mouth rinses, or more frequent cleanings if necessary.

More questions?

Do not hesitate to call Dr. Pham with any questions you have at 619 421 2155. The Center for Beautiful Smiles in Chula Vista is a dental practice serving all family and cosmetic dental needs and we look forward to serving you.

New patient special / Referral award $
For all new patients: schedule your appointment by Feb. 15, 2014 and receive anexam, x-rays, and cleaning for $59*, normally $199.
(*in absence of bone and gum disease)

And don’t forget about our current new patient referral award: through March 2014 current patients receive $75 for every referral who becomes a new patient of the Center for Beautiful Smiles.

**References: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/in-depth/diabetes/art-20043848?pg=1

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