November is American Diabetes Month and we want to help raise awareness. According to the American Diabetes Association, almost 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, and another 86 million more have pre-diabetes and are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This disease can affect many parts of your body, including your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart, and oral health. Diabetes can lower your resistance to infection and can slow the healing process.
Common oral health problems associated with diabetes:
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Tooth decay
- Fungal Infections (i.e. oral candidiasis)
- Infection and delayed healing
- Salivary gland dysfunction (dry mouth)
- Taste impairment
Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most important issues related to diabetes. You are more likely to develop serious gum disease and lose more teeth if you have diabetes vs. non-diabetics. It is important to be very diligent with your oral hygiene care and keep up with regular dental care. Controlling your blood sugar is also very important. Gum disease may cause blood sugar to rise and in return causes controlling your diabetes more difficult, like with any infection.
Drs. Mallakis and McDonald, and the Lifetime Smiles family can give you a custom gum disease analysis and show you how to help prevent and treat gum disease. Contact us at (760) 747-1811 or visit us 1060 E. Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025