Did you know that your oral health can significantly affect your overall health?
On November 14th we recognize World Diabetes Day hoping to draw attention and awareness to the importance of Diabetes prevention.
Symptoms of diabetes may be subtle. In fact, one in four Americans with diabetes are not aware they have it.
Diabetes affects your body’s ability to process sugar. Because individuals diagnosed with diabetes have high glucose levels, they often have problems with their teeth and gums. Why? Increased glucose helps bacteria thrive because glucose is basically sugar. That’s why proper dental care for diabetics is so important.
Dentists can help individuals gain awareness around their overall health.
As a patient, don’t hesitate to inform your dentist about your personal and family health history because about 22% of people with diabetes also have gum disease.
Diabetics who receive frequent teeth cleanings have lower blood sugar levels. Additionally, people with diabetes who have good control of their blood sugar are less likely to develop the oral health issues below:
- Sore or loose teeth
- Fungal mouth infections
- Mouth ulcers
- Dry mouth
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