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, mentioned in a previous blog publication, “Diabetes and Dental Care - Its a Growing Population Epidemic,” relaying 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? Dr. Thomas Tang, would like to share some additional information and resources of what to look for, and Know the Warning Signs for Diabetic Dental Patients.
4 Signs You May Have a Problem
Diabetes puts you at risk for dental problems. It impairs your ability to fight bacteria in your mouth. Having high blood sugar encourages bacteria to grow and contributes to gum disease. You may have gum disease if you have:
- Gums that are red, sore, bleeding, or swollen, or that pull away from your teeth
- Loose teeth
- Chronic bad breath
- An irregular bite or dentures that don't fit well
Know the Warning Signs
Regular dental checkups are important because your dentist can spot gum disease even when you don't have any pain or symptoms. But you should examine your teeth and gums yourself for early signs of trouble. Infections can move fast. If you notice redness, swelling, bleeding, loose teeth, dry mouth, pain, or any other oral symptoms that worry you, talk to your dentist right away.
Control Diabetes to Keep Your Smile
Well-controlled diabetes contributes to a healthy mouth. If you have poorly controlled or high blood sugar, your risk increases for dry mouth, gum disease, tooth loss, and fungal infections like thrush. Since infections can also make your blood sugar rise, your diabetes may become even harder to control. Keeping your mouth healthy can help you manage your blood sugar.
See Your Dentist Regularly
People with diabetes are prone to oral infections. You should get dental checkups at least twice a year. Let your dentist know you have diabetes and what medicines you take. Regular checkups and professional cleanings can help keep a mouth healthy. And your dentist can teach you the best ways to care for your teeth and gums at home.
Keep Plaque at Bay
Sticky plaque -- food, saliva, and bacteria -- starts to form on your teeth after you eat, releasing acids that attack your tooth enamel. Untreated plaque turns into tartar, which builds under gum lines and is hard to remove with flossing. The longer it stays on your teeth, the more harmful it is. Bacteria in plaque causes inflammation and leads to gum disease. Having high blood sugar often makes gum disease worse.
Floss Every Day
Flossing helps control plaque. It can reach where a toothbrush can't, like between the teeth. Floss daily with floss and interdental cleaners that carry the American Dental Association (ADA) seal. Ask your dentist for tips if you're not sure how to floss. Like everything else, flossing gets easier with practice.
Prepare for Oral Surgery
Well-controlled blood sugar reduces your risk of infection and speeds healing. If you need oral surgery, tell your dentist and surgeon you have diabetes beforehand. Your doctor may recommend that you wait to have surgery until your blood sugars are under control.
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, 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.
SOURCE - Diabetes and Dental Health
Reviewed By: Varnada Karriem-Norwood, June 2012
SOURCES: Beverly Rodgers, DDS, Family and Children's Dentistry, Atlanta, GA. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention American Dental Association National Institutes of Health
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