Dentistry and General Health: Dental Care for Diabetics

A woman smilingThe team at Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates has helped countless patients in and around Wilmington achieve optimal dental health and wellness. This is thanks to a holistic and state-of-the-art approach to general dentistry and comprehensive dental care.

Different patients have different needs, and we try to address them as best as we can. With that in mind, we'd like to focus on the health concerns of patients who have diabetes.

Diabetics Face Serious Health and Wellness Issues

When dealing with diabetes, people face a whole host of general health and wellness issues. This includes potential problems with hypertension, fatigue, and even eyesight later in life. Among these challenges, there is also the issue of dental care and the health of the teeth and gums.

Given the issues we'll cover below, it should come as no surprise that diabetics have to take good oral hygiene very seriously.

Gum Disease and Diabetes

Diabetics are typically more susceptible to infection than non-diabetics, which means they run a higher risk of gum disease. This inflammation of the gum tissue takes three different forms (listed from least serious to most serious):

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Advanced periodontitis

If left untreated, gum disease can result in gum recession, the spread of infection, and many more serious dental health problems.

Oral Thrush and Diabetes

On the note of infection, people with diabetes are much more likely to suffer from oral thrush as well. Thrush is a kind of fungal infection that causes unsightly and often uncomfortable lesions to form in and around the mouth.

Tooth Decay and Diabetes

Given issues with blood sugar, it's not uncommon for diabetics to face greater instances of tooth decay as a result of their condition. This means that tooth decay is more likely to form, and may also be more likely to progress at an accelerated rate.

Dry Mouth and Diabetes

Dry mouth is much more common among diabetics. This can be annoying since it makes eating and speaking much more difficult. What's worse is that dry mouth results in ideal conditions for oral bacteria to thrive, meaning worse bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease.

Tooth Loss and Diabetes

With all of the problems noted above, it should come as no surprise that people with diabetes are more likely to suffer from tooth loss of varying degrees. This is why proper oral hygiene is so important to lasting dental wellness, especially when you have any kind of health condition that affects dental wellness.

Oral Hygiene Tips for Diabetes

If you have diabetes, be sure to consider the following tips for optimal dental health and wellness:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day (ideally after every meal)
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day (ideally after every meal)
  • Drink water to remain well-hydrated
  • Monitor your blood sugar and take insulin as directed
  • Avoid smoking and the use of tobacco products
  • Eat a healthy and properly balanced diet
  • Visit your doctor regularly
  • Visit your dentist regularly

Contact Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates

For more information about dental care for diabetics and how our team can help you, be sure to contact our advanced dental care team today. The team at Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates looks forward to your visit and helping you have a healthy and beautiful smile.