29.1 million people, or 9.3% of the U.S. population, have been diagnosed with diabetes. It is also projected that 8.1 million people have diabetes now but have yet to be diagnosed. What many people with diabetes do not realize is that their oral health is in jeopardy. Diabetes is all about how your body processes sugar, which is involved in all aspects of your body. There is a strong statistical link to diabetes and the decreased health of your mouth
One possible effect of diabetes is called dry mouth. This means your salivary glands don’t produce as much saliva as you need. Saliva works 24 hours a day and seven days a week to keep your mouth clean. A lack of it greatly heightens your chances of tooth decay and other dental issues.
There is a strong link between diabetes and gum disease; almost 22% of diabetics have it. Sugar feeds the bacteria in your teeth and helps it multiply. If you have poor blood sugar control, as is the key factor in diabetes, bad bacteria can easily invade your gums. In exchange, gum disease can lead to a rise in blood sugar so that your diabetes is more difficult to manage.
The good news is that you can fight these issues. First, visit Dr. Jack Schwarcz regularly. If you’ve already developed gingivitis or periodontitis, you’ll want to treat it as soon as possible. This won’t just help your mouth, but will help you control your diabetes. If you don’t, Dr. Jack Schwarcz and our staff can help you thwart its threats. Practicing daily oral hygiene is all the more important for a diabetic. Also, eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly as directed by your doctor.
Eastside Periodontics in Center Line, Michigan is here to help! If you need to make an appointment, don’t hesitate to call us at 586-757-5454. We are the guardians of your smile.