How Diabetes Affects Your Oral Health

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How Diabetes Affects Your Oral Health


November is National Diabetes Month

A common study in the world of oral health is the theorized connection between itself and heart disease. Doctors’ have speculated that proper care of your teeth could potentially be a plausible method of preventing diabetes from occurring. However, this study requires more research in order to fully understand the association. If you have any questions about this correlation, contact your local Commack dentist Dr. Bonnie Helfner for some answers.

According to a 2012 study done by the American Heart Association, scientific evidence suggests that there is no actual connection between the two. They also determined that treating gum disease doesn’t reduce the risk of diabetes.

However, some studies propose that the gum disease periodontitis may be more prone to appear in the mouths of patients who are diabetic.

Periodontitis is a severe gum infection that can infect the soft tissue in the mouth and then proceed to destroy the bones that support your teeth. When the disease is left untreated, it can lead to loosening of teeth or even tooth loss. The initial signs of periodontitis include swelling and swollen gums, bright red gums that are sensitive when touched, and bleeding of the gums. Some research has also presented the idea that people with chronic gum disease such as periodontitis have increased thickness of their neck and blood vessels.

If you want to do your due diligence and prevent yourself from getting periodontitis, here are some potential ways you can shield yourself from the disease:

  • Regular brushing sessions (at least twice a day)
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months
  • Incorporate a mouth rinse into your daily cleaning routine
  • Schedule annual dental check-ups
  • Refrain from smoking or using chewing tobacco  

Specifically for diabetics, good blood glucose control plays an important role in preventing mouth problems. Gum disease will appear more frequently if you’re suffering from diabetes because of this poor level of blood glucose.  Maintaining the levels is a great way to prevent any future complications.

If you’re searching for a dentist in the Commack area, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bonnie Helfner and associates today.

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