For years doctors have known about the connection between diabetes and gum disease. Diabetic patients have an increased risk of developing gum disease, since their disease-fighting capabilities have been weakened by the diabetes. However, if the diabetes is managed properly, the possibility of gum disease is significantly reduced. As a part of managing diabetes, patients need to watch what they eat diligently to ensure their health stays in top-notch shape.
In this blog post, Dr. Brad Greenfield, your Oxford, MI dentist talks about warding off gum disease by managing your dietary choices as a diabetic.
Stave Off These Foods, If You’re a Diabetic
- Frozen pizza. Most of Americans love pizza night. It’s a quick and delicious meal that doesn’t require any preparations other than turning the oven. However, as convenient as pizza is, it’s filled with calories that can ruin your daily diet. Should you opt for pizza, make a wise decision—choose a veggie pizza or make a healthier version at home.
- Fruit juices. One of the worst beverages any diabetic patient can choose is fruit juice. This beverage is loaded with sugar and calories, not to mention that the average person won’t drink just eight ounces worth. Instead, your Oxford, MI dentist recommends adding water to your juice to cut back on calories and reduce the sugar content.
- Fried chicken. Just like pizza, fried chicken is an easy food choice, yet, its caloric value makes it a doozy for patients with diabetes. Rather than opting for fried chicken, choose a grilled chicken entree with a side of steamed veggies and brown rice.
- Processed luncheon meat. While deli meats may seem like a healthy food item, it’s typically sodium-riddled. For example, 98% fat-free turkey may sound safe; however, one serving could have up-to 650 milligrams of sodium. The better option is to roast meats at home and make your own cuts.
- Purchased cakes. Almost anyone enjoys a nice piece of birthday cake, yet those sweet treats tend to have sky-high sugar levels. If you’re craving something sweet, eat some fresh fruit topped with a sugar substitute for a nutritious and delicious dessert.
Lake Orion Family Dentistry Treats Diabetic Gum Disease Patients
If you’re a diabetic patient with gum disease, take care to visit Dr. Greenfield. He can treat your gum disease to help maintain your diabetes in check. To schedule an appointment with our Oxford, MI dental practice, call us at (248) 693-6213. Also, visit our website for services, smile gallery, and patient forms. We happily serve patients in Clarkston, Auburn Hills, Oxford, Rochester Hills, and neighboring communities