Dentistry for Diabetes
Are You Diabetic or Pre-Diabetic?
Did you know there is a link between your dental health and your ability to successfully control blood sugar levels? And did you know that not all dentists are equally prepared to assist diabetics with their dental health? Untreated gum disease makes your diabetes worse and diabetes makes your gum disease worse. It’s a vicious cycle. You’ll be glad to know that we have received special training on dental care for diabetics. Call us today for a complimentary consultation about dentistry for diabetics. No one here will ever criticize you for having put off dental care. You can be assured of compassionate and completely non-judgmental care. We can help.
During a dental exam, you will be assessed for gum redness, swelling, bleeding, foul odor, loose teeth, and pain.
Diabetes-Related Dental Problems
- GingivitisGingivitis is inflammation of the gums, the earliest stage of gum disease. Symptoms are irritated, swollen, red gums. If treated early, gingivitis may not progress to one of the following, more serious conditions.
- PeriodontitisThis is a gum infection resulting in teeth pulling away from the gums. Pockets between teeth and gums can fill with germs or pus and become deeper. Eventually gum surgery may be needed. As the infection worsens, bone is destroyed and teeth may become loose and need to be pulled.
- Dental CariesThese are also known as cavities. They occur due to bacteria breaking down the hard tissue of the tooth, resulting in tooth decay. Cavities need to be filled with a composite material to avoid further erosion.
- Tooth LossIf the teeth are unable to be saved, they may need to be pulled. This can cause distortion in remaining teeth and jaw/bone structure. If many or all teeth are pulled, eventually dentures will be needed to masticate food. Keep in mind that dentures are not an ideal replacement for real teeth. There is a significant loss of bite power because dentures are not connected to the bone structure in the way real teeth are.
- CandidiasisThis is fungal disease caused by injury to the soft tissue of the tongue and around the mouth caused by candida. This is the same bacteria that causes yeast infections. Symptoms include white patches in the mouth and on the tongue.
- AbscessesAn abscess is a painful pus-filled swelling that occurs when teeth or gums become injured due to trauma or infection. These infections will not go away on their own, so if you have one, it is crucial to seek treatment ASAP so your dentist can order you antibiotics to drain the abscess, clean the area, and treat the infection. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the bones and surrounding teeth.
- Dry MouthAlso called “xerostomia,” dry mouth can lead to soreness, ulcers, infection, and tooth decay in addition to being generally irritating and uncomfortable.
- ThrushPeople with diabetes are more likely to take antibiotics, which unfortunately can lead to fungal infections in the mouth and/or on the tongue.