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The Link Between Diabetes and Your Dental Health


man smilingDiabetes is a disease that affects the way your body processes sugar. Unfortunately, the implications of this disease can affect various systems in your body, including your oral health. Research shows that people with poorly controlled diabetes are even more likely to develop certain oral health problems. However, our dentists in East Village Dental Centre are available to create an action plan to defend your teeth from these complications.

Diabetes And Oral Health Problems


Diabetes occurs in people when their glucose levels, also known as blood sugar, are too high. Insulin is a hormone created by your pancreas that controls glucose levels and if you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make insulin or doesn’t use it well. If blood sugar levels are not controlled, you can become more prone to infections. Did you know that high blood sugar found in your saliva can cause bacteria to grow in your mouth? These bacteria combined with natural plaque build up can harden and cling to your teeth. High blood sugar can limit the amount of saliva your body makes and less saliva can further worsen tooth-decay and gum disease. Lastly, people with poorly controlled blood sugar are more likely to have infections in the bones and gums that hold their teeth in place. Our dentists in East Village Dental Centre have witnessed these factors, ultimately affecting the dental health of patients.

Different Types of Oral Health Issues


•  Dry Mouth: The lack of saliva which affects your dental health will have symptoms like dry, cracked lips and problems chewing or swallowing.
•  Thrush: An infection that occurs inside your mouth characterized by yellow and white bumps on the inner cheek and tongue may arise in those with diabetes.
•  Gingivitis: A form of gum disease caused by the build-up of plaque and characterized by red and inflamed gums.
Periodontitis: A mild to serious gum disease that can be characterized by swollen or bleeding gums, gums that pull away from the teeth, or pus between teeth and teeth that move away from each other. This disease can cause tooth loss or jaw damage if left untreated, whether you have diabetes or not.

Diabetes dental health action plan


Talk to one of our dentists to protect your dental health. With a combination of professional care and self-care your smile will remain happy and healthy. Here is a checklist to help you optimize your dental health:
•  Practice good oral hygiene at home by flossing and brushing twice a day
•  Visit your dentist for regular 6-month check-ups
•  If you wear dentures or retainers, clean them daily
•  Control blood sugar levels by using diabetic medications, exercising or changing your diet
•  Reach out to East Village Dental Centre if you notice anything unusual

Phone


773-341-9325

Hours


Mon, Tue, Thu: 8am–7pm
Wed, Fri: 8am–2pm
Sat: 8am–2pm
Sun: Closed
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