The Diabetes & Gum Disease Connection

Living with diabetes requires special attention to your overall health, including your smile and gums. Here’s how you can effectively manage both diabetes and gum disease with quality products, effective procedures, and the expert dental care provided by Dr. Adly and Monmouth Dental Arts.

Cause and Effect

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is connected to gum disease because elevated blood glucose levels make it harder for your body to fight off infection, which can lead to gum disease and lost teeth. Diabetics have a decreased ability to fight off infection once it begins, leaving the body and oral cavity more vulnerable to bacterial infection.

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, and sufferers typically experience symptoms such as red gums, swollen gums, light bleeding when brushing or flossing and bad breath. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis sufferers develop pockets of infection between gums and teeth, and this is where it gets really serious for diabetics because diabetes slows the healing process. Untreated periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and serious infection.

The infection from gum disease can cause diabetics to suffer from dry mouth.

Solutions for Diabetes and Gum Disease

Many of the same strategies and tools diabetics use to regulate blood sugar levels can also keep gum disease at bay. First priorities are controlling glucose levels and practicing proper dental care. Here are some tips:

  • If you smoke, try to quit.
  • Eat healthily, including plenty of fresh vegetables and whole grains in your diet.
  • Keep your dentist and hygienist in the loop about your condition.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Practice daily oral care, including brushing and flossing.
  • If you experience bleeding during daily care or if you have an odd taste in your mouth, report it to your dentist right away.
  • Keep up-to-date on your semiannual dental checkups.
  • If you wear dentures, properly clean them in order to keep the gums healthy and germ-free.

Early detection and prompt treatment are crucial for effectively managing gum disease. Learn how to take control of your gum health with proven strategies when you meet Dr. Adly and his expert team.

Dr. Adly and Monmouth Dental Arts are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for individuals with diabetes. Their expertise in addressing the unique challenges related to diabetes and oral health enables them to create personalized care plans to protect the oral health of their patients. By integrating quality products, effective procedures, and specialized dental care, they strive to help individuals effectively manage both diabetes and gum disease, ensuring optimal oral health for their patients. Call us today at 732-686-6337. Check more tips on our IG @monmouth_dental_arts

Reference: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/diabetes-and-other-endocrine-disorders/diabetes-and-gum-disease-managing-your-oral-health

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