Diabetes Can Lead to Dental Problems
Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease that affects more than 11 million people in the United States. In addition, many people have undiagnosed diabetes, symptoms of which may first be detected in a dental exam. The importance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums is magnified in a diabetic dental patient who may be especially prone to oral health problems.
The most consistent oral problem for people with diabetes is the development of periodontal, or gum, disease. Patients with diabetes may have rapid development of periodontal disease and jaw bone loss in response to relatively small accumulations of dental plaque and calculus (tartar).
Detection of diabetes in a dental patient is also important it may take longer for gum tissues to heal after surgery, with an increased likelihood of infection developing. Acute dental problems should be treated as soon as possible in patients with diabetes.
People with diabetes can enjoy good oral health if they properly control their disease and work closely with their physician and dentist to manage their condition. For diabetic dental patients, routine dental care is imperative and can be accomplished with just a few modifications. With good oral hygiene habits, routine dental care and open communication with our office, people with diabetes can enjoy good oral health.
Our Office Needs to Know…
The history of your diabetes, you current condition, what medications you are taking and your medical treatment.
How often you visit a physician; we may need to consult with your physician prior to and during the course of dental treatment. Your diet, whether you had an insulin injection prior to the appointment, and if you missed a meal prior to receiving a dental treatment. If dental treatment causes you anxiety. Stress can increase insulin requirements by raising glucose levels. Since some people to do experience stress with dental treatment, self monitoring and medication adjustments become important.