Diabetes and Tooth Care
Almost 30 million people in our country have been diagnosed with either Type I or Type II diabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are difficult to maintain. Even with the prevalence of this chronic disease, there are millions of people who have diabetes and don't know it, and there are also millions who do not fully understand the consequences of unmanaged blood sugar. Here, we will look at why it is important to work with your dentist in Glendale, CA to develop a specific dental care plan for your teeth and gums.
Diabetes and Gum Disease
Most people know that gum disease is something they want to avoid if at all possible. This inflammatory condition does a lot more than affect the gums, making them red and puffy. Gum disease progresses far beneath the gum line, and far beyond the mouth. Ultimately, infection in the mouth can cause tooth loss and bone loss, and, subsequently, a loss of confidence. The bacteria that are present in the acidic oral environment, as well, have been found in other parts of the body. In one study, researchers discovered that the bacteria present in an unhealthy heart were the same type found in infected gums.
Diabetics are at a particularly high risk for gum disease, and therefore require focused and personalized dental care. This is the standard practice of your dentist at CyberDent in Glendale, CA. We understand that diabetes taxes the immune system and that our diabetic patients are naturally more prone to infection. Knowing this, we are strategic in our plan for routine dental care.
Tips for Diabetic Oral Care
Working as a team with your dentist and hygienist, it is possible to actually harness the power of dentistry Some tips for a workable action plan include:
- Schedule a dental exam and cleaning now if you have not seen your dentist in the last 6 months.
- Maintain the suggested treatment schedule. Some patients need to have their teeth cleaned more often. The better your oral care plan, the less damage can be done by oral bacteria.
- Work with your doctor or nutritionist to develop a diabetes management plan that includes healthy diet and exercise. The more regulated your blood sugar is, the less prone you are to infections like gum disease.
- Be sure to brush and floss every day.
- If you wear dentures, clean them daily. Also, make sure they fit well. Dentures typically need to be adjusted every so often to accommodate bone loss.
We are here to support you in optimal oral health. To schedule your visit with us, call (818) 547 - 4455.
Location: 6300 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91201