The Diabetes – Dental Health Connection

Diabetes has been on rise and there is no denying this fact. India slowly is becoming Diabetes Capital of the world. Blame it on our lethargic lifestyle, or changed habits of loving Junk food, we can not deny the fact that the physical activity we used to do 50 years ago has reduced drastically, and as technology advances, the physical activity will become minimal.

But why this talk on diabetes by a Dental Surgeon? Is there any connection?
Severe form of gum disease is called periodontitis or many people know it by the term Pyorrhea. When you reach this stage, your gums get loosened and pockets are form between your teeth and gums, which get filled with germs and pus. If nothing is done, the infection goes on to destroy the bone around your teeth. The teeth may start to move or get loose. Your teeth may fall out or need to be pulled. Research shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes, adding serious gum disease to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

Is There a Two-Way Street?
Latest researches have shown that the relationship between Periodontitis and diabetes is two-way. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to gum diseases, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. Research suggests that people with diabetes are at higher risk for oral health problems, such as gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease) and periodontitis. People with diabetes are at an increased risk for serious gum disease because they are generally more susceptible to bacterial infection, and have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums.

If I Have Diabetes, am I at Risk for Dental Problems?
If your blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, you are more likely to develop gum disease and lose more teeth. Like all infections, serious gum disease may be a factor in causing blood sugar to rise and may make diabetes harder to control.
Other oral problems associated to diabetes also includes Fungal Diseases of oral cavity

How Can I Help Prevent this happening if I am Diabetic?
First and foremost, control your blood glucose level. Then, Brush twice daily and floss once daily properly, along with regular checkups every six months. To control fungal infections, maintain good diabetic control, avoid smoking and if you have removable dentures, Clean them properly and don’t wear them while sleeping .
What Can I Expect at My Checkup? Should I Tell My Dental Professional About My Diabetes?
People with diabetes have special needs and your dentist are equipped to meet those needs—with your help. Keep your dentist informed of any changes in your condition and any medication you might be taking. Postpone any non-emergency dental procedures if your blood sugar is not in good control.

We at 32 Stars Dental Clinic have got Strict International Sterilization protocols followed and very few clinics using Class B autoclaves to see that you don’t get any cross infections which can be threatening in Diabetic Patients. We at 32 Stars Dental Clinic have special membership Plans where we do professional cleaning and regular check ups. We believe in Providing quality treatment and service to patient.

For more details on membership plans kindly visit our website www.32stars.com or call our treatment coordinator at 9770603132/0755-4002520 or write to us at 32stars.bhopal@gmail.com

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