Brookfield Family Dentistry: Thomas Tang, DDS

Diabetes and Dental Care - Its a Growing Population Epidemic

By Dr.Thomas Tang on November 20, 2012

Brookfield-Milwaukee, WI Dentist - Diabete PatientsDr. Thomas Tang, Brookfield-Milwaukee, WI family and cosmetic dentist, has a conversation about the importance of Diabetes and Dental Care. Did you know that Diabetics do have a high risk of developing gum disease and tooth loss than those who do not suffer from the diabetes? Because of this, dental visits should be more frequent in order to avoid major tooth complications.

According a “ published in the The Lancet journal, an international team of researchers working with The World Health Organization,” Diabetes has shown to be an epidemic which has ballooned in 2011 over 350 million people world-wide where here in Wisconsin, there is no exception. One out of every ten adults over 20 years old is diabetic, and even more alarming, almost three out of ten are pre-diabetics.

According to Dr. Thomas Tang, Brookfield-Milwaukee, WI family and cosmetic dentist, through research, resources and experience, the findings have been that a diabetic dental patient should live by rigorous series dental health. Diabetic patients should be alert as can be prone to gum disease victims, such as gingivitis and periodontitis; which is an inflammation and infection of the ligaments and bones that serve as support for teeth. Periodontitis occurs when the treatment for inflammation or infection of the gums (gingivitis) is delayed or left untreated.

Diabetics are not only more susceptible to suffering from gum disease; it can also affect blood sugar levels and contribute to diabetes progression. Due to the changes that occur in the blood vessels with diabetes, which makes them thicker, it can inhibit the efficiency of nutrients flow and the removal of tissue residuals. This obstruction in blood flow debilitates gums and bones, and it makes them more vulnerable to infection.

If diabetes is not properly controlled, high sugar levels in mouth fluids will encourage the bacteria growth that might result in gum disease, better known as cytosine, and other associated oral problems such as ulcers or open mouth sores.

Being more exposed to gum disease, diabetics are ideal candidates for tooth loss. There is a strong relationship between having diabetes and suffering from tooth loss. 

Dr. Thomas Tang, Brookfield-Milwaukee, WI family and cosmetic dentist expresses, that it is imperative that diabetic patients visit the dentist periodically and if a new patient or new to diabetes it is wise to inform Dr. Tang and staff of the disease. Dr. Thomas Tang, Brookfield-Milwaukee, WI family and cosmetic dentist expresses to please do not wait until pain begins, but instead seek out preventive treatment.

Another important aspect of a diabetic´s oral care is scaring and healing process, which is considerably slower than people who don´t suffer the disease; when extracting teeth diabetics are more likely to have an infection, which is why treatment is recommended before and after any intervention.

Dr. Thomas Tang, Brookfield-Milwaukee, WI family and cosmetic dentist, also stresses if the person who suffers from diabetes is a smoke, one must know that this is another greater risk factor added on top for development of gum disease.

Every diabetic person must have their blood sugar level controlled and must not neglect their teeth and gums, as well as attend the dentist at least four times a year. They must control aftas or micotic infection, avoid smoking, and if the patient uses prosthesis to remove and wash them daily. Keeping the blood sugar level controlled will also help the patient prevent and alleviate dry mouth.

Brookfield-Milwaukee, WI Dentist - Diabete Patients

Just in case, each diabetic patient should be aware of the warning signs, Dr. Thomas Tang, Brookfield-Milwaukee, WI family and cosmetic dentist shares below a list of symptoms that diabetic patients must pay attention to in case there are any changes in the persons mouth, as it may signify a risk to their health for example:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Xerostomy (Dry mouth)
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gum recession that makes teeth look longer
  • Loose or sensitive teeth
  • Bad breath, (Ketonic, acetone breath)
  • Changes in the bite
  • Bone destruction in teeth support
  • Slow healing in gum tissue

Brookfield-Milwaukee, WI Dentist - Diabete Patients


Dr. Thomas Tang, Brookfield-Milwaukee, WI family and cosmetic dentist, associated member of the American Dental Association, also like you to visit, American Dental Association’s Diabetes information site. Here they discus, “Diabetes is a chronic disease which affects your body’s ability to process sugar. The resulting high blood sugar can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other parts of your body. Diabetes can lower your resistance to infection and can slow the healing process.” 

Dr. Thomas Tang, Brookfield-Milwaukee, WI family and cosmetic dentist, would like to extend the invitation whether a new patient, or current patient to call the office of Thomas Tang, DDS, to set an appointment for a consultation or oral examination for all Diabetic patients to ensure maximum health of your smile. Please call us at 262-821-1000.

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