Diabetes is one of the most prevalent serious diseases in the United States, affecting nearly 10% of the general population. Tens of millions more are considered pre-diabetic. In addition to affecting how the body processes glucose, diabetes can impact all kinds of other body systems. So you should know how diabetes can affect your oral health.
While diabetes doesn’t directly cause severe dental problems, it can be linked to the process that brings them about. For example, many people with diabetes also suffer from a dry mouth. While dry mouth might seem innocuous (if annoying) it can actually lead to increased growth of bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria produce acids that attack tooth enamel, leading to cavities, and also infect the gums.
Anyone can develop gum disease, but it is especially serious for those with diabetes. People with diabetes often have more trouble staving off infection. So what begins as inflammation and redness of the gums can turn into the destruction of tissues and bone and tooth loss rather quickly. Although these severe results may seem extreme, 1 in every 5 total tooth losses can be linked to diabetes.
If you live with diabetes, we don’t want to add another item to your list of things to worry about. Tooth decay and gum disease can both be prevented with effective oral hygiene. Regular checkups and deep cleanings with Dr. David Sudimack are also incredibly important. Please call David Sudimack in Las Cruces, NM, to schedule your appointment and learn more about how to have great oral health.