Were you aware that November is National Diabetes Month? This makes it the perfect time to talk about the connection between oral health and diabetes and how you can successfully manage both.
The Connection Between Diabetes & Oral Health
So what exactly is the connection between diabetes and a patient’s oral health?
Patients that have diabetes have a higher risk of infection in their mouth, increasing their chances of decay and gum disease. But the connection doesn’t quite end there; gum disease and decay can impact a diabetic’s blood sugar levels, resulting in elevated levels that can increase the risk of complications such as heart and kidney issues. Although proper dental care is important for every patient, it is essential for proper diabetes maintenance.
The good news, however, is that patients that take care of their oral health typically have better blood sugar levels, and those with better blood sugar levels often have better oral health. Properly managing both your oral health and diabetes can help ensure you avoid any complications down the road. Wondering what you can do to take care of your oral health and diabetes?
- Eat foods with more nutrition.
- Avoid foods/beverages high in sugar/carbs.
- Watch your weight.
- Practice proper at-home dental care.
- Schedule routine oral examinations and dental cleanings.
Do you have diabetes? Want to make sure you are effectively managing your oral health and diabetes together? Contact Dental Arts Kew Gardens today! We’d be happy to evaluate your teeth, gums and overall oral health to determine if diabetes may be causing dental complications. If any risk signs are present, we can discuss treatment options and better at-home care techniques to help you manage your health more effectively.