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What diabetics need to know about their oral health

What diabetics need to know about their oral health

People with uncontrolled diabetes have more sugar in their blood, and it takes much longer for wounds to heal. This means gum disease and sores in the mouth are especially tough for diabetics to get past.

Regular, routine cleanings are especially important for people with diabetes.

Unstable diabetics are at an increased risk of periodontitis. If your blood sugar isn’t controlled, then your body just can’t heal properly. These patients tend to have more severe diseases that are difficult to treat.

While the 30 million Americans who have diabetes might be warned about associated complications such as heart disease, stroke and kidney failure, they often are surprised to find out their mouth is also at risk.

Without proper blood sugar control, diabetics risk periodontitis — a more severe form of gum and surrounding bone disease that can lead to infection and premature tooth loss.

There are steps to take to avoid having problems with the gums and teeth.

First, it’s important to get diabetes under control by keeping the body’s blood-glucose levels in check, regular care by their physician, and good diet and exercise. Second, taking good care of the teeth and gums through routine checkups and cleanings followed by good oral hygiene at home. We recommends a minimum of one checkup per year, cleanings every 6-12 months, more often if oral disease is advanced.

Routine visit can also keep cavities to a minimum and treatment conservative.

Some people suffer from dental phobia. Bad dental experiences or anxiety can keep patients from coming to the dentist. It is important to know that most problems start off small and can become bigger the longer they wait. A small cavity requiring a simple filling can turn into a need for a root canal or worse, an extraction, if ignored. With diabetics, medications can cause dry mouth, which can increase cavity rates due to poor salivary production.

Besides good oral hygiene and regular checkups, diabetics can keep the teeth and gums healthy by watching their diet, which means cutting down on sugars and acids. Brushing a minimum of twice a day and properly flossing daily.

It’s also important for those diagnosed with diabetes to let their regular dentist know. Dentists and hygienists are equipped with what patients will need in terms of treatment. The dentist should be informed of any medications a diabetic is taking, and will know if there are special considerations before rendering treatment. There may be a need to postpone non-emergency procedures if a patient’s blood sugar is not under proper control.

Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!

We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family. Our dentists can help everyone in your family understand the importance of proper oral hygiene over time and the positive effects it has on your health. At Family Care Dental Clinic, we treat our clients to a soothing environment where they can receive quality dental care no matter what their needs are. Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!

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