Diabetes and Oral Health

If you’re an adult between the ages of 25 and 65, chances are you have been diagnosed with diabetes or know someone who has. Diabetes has become one of the most prevalent conditions among adults in the United States. The latest data from the American Diabetes Association estimates there are currently over 30 million Americans affected by this condition, with over 1 million new cases diagnosed every year. As part of the routine care these patients need it is also extremely important to include regular visits to the dentist. Research has shown that people with diabetes are at a higher risk for gum disease, or periodontal infection, because of their reduced ability to fight infection. Without early detection this infection can result in pain and loss of teeth, which results in drastic changes to your diet therefore making it even more difficult to control your blood sugar levels. At the same time, bacteria associated with periodontal infection travel through your bloodstream and are able to affect blood glucose control. This means that maintaining your oral health is a way to prevent the progression of diabetes and developing related conditions such as heart disease, retinopathy and kidney failure. If you or someone you know has diabetes you should look for a dentist who treats the cause of dental disease and has a program to eliminate the periodontal pathogens that are associated with causing or worsening diabetes.  If you send an request to the e-mail address on this site we can give you a list of dentists who treats the cause not just the symptoms.