Diabetes is becoming more and more common across the United States, including here in South Carolina.
In 1996, 5 percent of state residents had been diagnosed with this disease. Last year, that rose to 13 percent, according to the data shared by the United Health Foundation.
So, why are we mentioning this in our dental blog? As it turns out, diabetes can have a big impact on your oral health … and your oral health can affect how well you control your diabetes.
We’ll discuss some specifics below, but know that our Florence, SC dental team is here to help with all your oral health needs.
If you haven’t yet scheduled your next dental checkup, call Advanced Dental Center now. Our number is 843-627-4076.
Your Gums & Diabetes
Diabetes is bad for your gum health. That, in turn, is bad for your oral health … and maybe your overall health, too.
People who have diabetes are more likely to experience dry mouth than other people. Having a dry mouth is good for the harmful bacteria that cause gum disease.
By maintaining your blood sugar levels, you can reduce your risk of developing periodontal problems. On the other hand, having periodontal problems may make it more difficult to control your blood sugar.
It’s a cyclical relationship that can easily spiral out of control if you aren’t aware of what’s happening. If you notice the symptoms of gum disease, such a bleeding gums, sore, tender gums, and receding gums, please contact us to get treatment as soon as you are able.
It’s also worth noting that people gum disease are more likely to have cardiovascular and heart disease. So that’s all the more reason to watch your blood sugar and make sure you are flossing daily.
Diabetes & Tooth Loss
According to the American Dental Association, 1 in 5 lost teeth in the USA is connected to diabetes.
Again, this may be related to the ways diabetes benefits the bacteria that cause gum infections and tooth decay. (Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in America, by the way.)
You can develop sores in your mouth for many reasons. At the same time, many people will need surgery on their mouths as well. When you have diabetes, this can slow your rate of recovery after dental procedures or accidental bites to the inside of your mouth.
You Can Fight Back
The good news is you also have the tools to keep your diabetes under control. That’s also good for your oral health.
The ADA recommends:
- Monitoring and controlling your blood sugar levels
- Eating a healthy diet
- Avoiding smoking
- Cleaning dentures daily (if you have dentures)
- Brushing twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Getting regular dental cleanings and exams
Everyone at Advanced Dental Center of Florence, SC wants you to be as healthy as you can be. When you visit us for routine care, we will work with you to prevent problems that could be the result of diabetes complications.