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The Effects of Diabetes on Your Teeth

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For the millions of Americans with diabetes, being proactive to take care of themselves is critical to their long-term health. Diabetics are at increased risk for developing serious dental problems. A component of diabetes is a reduction in blood flow. Because of the reduced flow of blood, toxins can cluster and build up and make a diabetic a victim of infection and gum disease.

Gum disease, clinically referred to as periodontal disease, is a serious matter, especially for people with diabetes who have a harder time ridding the body of infection. Periodontal disease causes swelling of the gums, redness and irritation, as well as bleeding and pain. If left to progress, advanced periodontitis causes teeth to loosen and fall out.

Other ways that diabetes can affect oral health are:

  • Dry mouth
  • Thrush
  • Gum recession
  • Fungal infection
  • Ulcers and soreness
  • Bad taste in mouth from constant infection
  • Dental caries, or cavities

Plaque is a sticky material that clusters on the surface of teeth. To stay healthy, diabetics must keep plaque from building up and creating an environment for harmful bacteria to thrive. Glucose levels in diabetics are higher than non-diabetics. The increased sugar in the saliva of diabetic patients is another contributor to rampant growth of destructive bacteria. Studies show that periodontal disease worsens diabetes and diabetes worsens periodontal disease. It’s a relentless cycle and prolonged inflammation takes a toll on our bodies.

At Muccioli Dental, we take your total health into consideration as we care for your teeth, mouth, and gums. We encourage diabetic patients to work with their primary doctor to stabilize their blood sugar (glucose) levels, quit smoking, and eat a low sugar, high vegetable diet. We educate our patients with diabetes about the importance of good dental care, which includes thorough brushing and daily flossing. Regular professional cleanings help in the fight against the effects of diabetes on oral health. At each appointment, we will closely monitor the condition of your teeth and gums. Call for your comprehensive dental evaluation today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Randy Muccioli, Muccioli Dental

Muccioli Dental - Johns Creek Dentist
6300 Hospital Pkwy, Suite 275
Johns Creek, Georgia 30097
Phone: (678) 389-9955

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    6300 Hospital Pkwy, Suite 275
    Johns Creek, Georgia 30097

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