Before the end of the month, it is important to acknowledge that November is American Diabetes Month. Nearly 26 million Americans suffer from the disease, with many more at risk of developing it. Your Lake Orion family dentist, Dr. Brad Greenfield, discusses how oral care plays a part in both prevention and treatment of the disease.
Gum Disease and Diabetes
For many who suffer from diabetes, oral health is a significant problem. There is much evidence that gum disease and diabetes are closely linked. Diabetes interferes with the body’s ability to fight off a bacterial infection, meaning that dangerous bacteria have more of a chance to thrive.
Other Oral Problems
Diabetics can be more prone to thrush, a fungal infection that can form in the mouth and on the tongue. While oral thrush is rarely life-threatening, it can cause great pain and embarrassing discoloration of the mouth. Another condition that can be caused by diabetes is dry mouth. The body’s natural saliva output is reduced in dry mouth patients, which interferes with the body’s natural system for removing harmful bacteria and acid. Any diabetic who suspects he is suffering from dry mouth or thrush should make an appointment to see their doctor.
Gum Disease May Lead to Diabetes
People who are not diabetic, but do have gum disease should still be concerned. While studies are not conclusive, there is growing evidence that periodontal disease can be a contributing factor in the development of diabetes. It is thought that gum disease has the ability to interfere with the body’s ability to control glucose.
What Can Diabetics Do
For people with diabetes, regular dental visits are a must. It is important for diabetics to provide their dentists with a full account of the progress of the disease, so the dentist will know exactly what special care above and beyond regular care will be required. Daily brushing and flossing is also a must. Diabetics must also try to keep any gum disease under control as much as possible.
Your Lake Orion Dentist Is Waiting To Treat You
We are fully equipped to deal with the special needs of diabetic patients. In fact, at Lake Orion Family Dentistry, we can provide you with comprehensive dental care for the whole family. Contact our Lake Orion dentist office by calling (248) 693-6213 to schedule an appointment today. We proudly serve families from Lake Orion, Clarkston, Auburn Hills, Oxford, and Rochester Hills, the 48360 zip code, as well as many other areas in Michigan.