Diabetes & Your Oral Health, The Connection

If you’re one of the nearly 30 million Americans who have diabetes, you probably already know that it can harm your eyes, heart, kidneys and many other organs in your body. But did you know that it also puts you at increased risk for gum disease? That, in turn, can lead to infections of the bones in your mouth, chewing difficulties, and potentially even tooth loss. Preventative care at Dentistry at Rea Village is an important part of our services that we provide within the Charlotte community. Let’s take a look at the connection between your oral health & diabetes.

Interestingly, the American Diabetes Association reports that serious gum disease may in turn affect your glucose control, setting up a self-reinforcing cycle of complications.

There’s more: Having diabetes can also increase your risk of developing thrush, or fungus that grows in your mouth. And dry mouth, a common symptom of diabetes, can cause problems like soreness, ulcers and tooth decay.

Now the good news: There’s a lot you can do to balance the scales of oral health back in your favor. Perhaps the most important approach of all is to keep your blood glucose levels stable. If you’re having trouble balancing your blood sugar, talk to your dentist about postponing oral procedures until you get yourself back into balance.
And finally, that reciprocating cycle of diabetes & dental health problems can be turned to your favor.

When you see your dentist for regular, preventative dental care, it not only helps reduce your risk of developing oral problems; it can also help keep your blood glucose levels in control. If you have diabetes or at an increased risk for diabetes please make one of our skilled team members at Dentistry at Rea Village aware at your next dental visit. We look forward to providing dental care to you and your family.

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