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5 Critical Answers about Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

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If you’re diabetic, it’s important that you know about the prevalence of problems with diabetes and teeth. Get the five answers you need to know to protect yourself from problems.

Do diabetics have a greater risk of gum disease?

Scientific studies have shown that people with diabetes have a greater risk of problems from diabetes and periodontal disease, which is the most serious kind of gum disease. This is due in part to how diabetes can affect your body’s natural ability to fight germs that cause dental issues. Also, when your blood sugar level is not well controlled, that in itself creates an environment in which you’re more likely to experience complications with diabetes and teeth. And, having gum disease can make it much harder to control your blood sugar level, which starts a vicious cycle of problems with diabetes and oral health.

What are the stages of gum disease?

The first and mildest stage is called gingivitis. If it’s not promptly treated, it can progress into the more serious stage called periodontal disease.

Are there any signs of gum disease?

In some cases, there are very clear signs of issues with diabetes and oral health. Yet some people never have any noticeable symptoms. But if you’re diabetic, you must pay attention to your dental health and call your dentist immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Swollen, red gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gums pulling away from teeth
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Bite changes
  • Unusually poor fit of dentures
  • Ongoing bad breath

Should I tell my dentist that I’m diabetic?

You should definitely tell your dentist because you’re much more susceptible to problems from diabetes and periodontal disease. You must also keep your dentist aware of your diabetic condition and any medications you are taking because these factors can raise your risk of problems with diabetes and teeth.

How can I protect myself from problems with diabetes and teeth?

The best way to save your smile is by taking care of your teeth and managing your diabetes. Follow these simple tips to avoid dental distress:

  • Strive to control your blood sugar level.
  • Practice proper oral hygiene at home, including brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day.
  • See your dentist for checkups and cleanings every six months or more.
  • Call your dentist immediately if you experience any dental problems.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Kennesaw, call Dental One Associates of Kennesaw today at (404) 381-1480 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Kennesaw. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Georgia, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Kennesaw, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Kennesaw.

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