The Vicious Cycle of Diabetes and Oral Health

The Vicious Cycle of Diabetes and Oral Health



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Things People with Diabetes Need to Know About Dental Health

Did you know that 1 in 5 cases of total tooth loss is linked to diabetes. This number may seem high, but the breakdown is simple: too much glucose in the blood can cause oral health issues. High glucose levels in the saliva allow harmful bacteria to grow. When this bacteria mixes with food particles, plaque is formed. Plaque can cause bad breath, cavities, gum disease and even tooth decay. Visit the American Diabetes Association for more information about Diabetes and Dental Health.

Diabetes and Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, can lead to a more serious disease, Periodontal Disease, which is the most common dental disease for diabetics. This disease can ultimately destroy gums, causing direct damage to, and even total loss of teeth.

People with diabetes are at a much higher risk for gum disease because of their challenges to control blood sugar levels. When diabetics have gum disease, this may cause blood glucose levels to rise, making it more difficult for their bodies to control their diabetes. This makes them more prone to infections and makes it more difficult to fight the bacteria in their gums.

Diabetes and Blood Glucose

This vicious cycle can be prevented through control of target blood glucose levels. Doctors notify diabetic patients of their target blood glucose numbers, and it is important that diabetics try to stay as close to those target numbers as possible.

Diabetes and Oral Health

It is also important for diabetics to have regular dental check-ups, and to tell their dentists about their diabetes. In order to prevent plaque buildup, brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss regularly. Of course, smoking and a poor diet can also make diabetes worse, leading to expedited oral health issues.

Over 9% of the United States population has diabetes. This disease can easily lead to other health issues, making it more difficult to control the diabetes altogether. When it comes to oral health, diabetics can work directly with their dentists and take measures to control their disease and prevent other diseases.

Visit the American Diabetes Association for more information about Diabetes and Dental Health.

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