If you have diabetes, you will want to take special care of your dental health. Our Asbury Park dentist, Dr. Marc H. Berley, at our dental practice, Marc Berley, DMD, sees many patients who have diabetes; he makes sure that they know about the dental health problems they may be more likely to face.
Diabetes is a disease which can affect your mouth. If you have diabetes, you want to make sure to take excellent care of your teeth and gums to make sure that they stay in optimal health. It is also important that you try to keep your blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible so that you will be at less risk for developing oral health problems. Patients with diabetes are more likely to have certain types of health problems or conditions which can lead to problems with the mouth or teeth. If you have diabetes, you may be more likely to have a dry mouth. If this occurs you are more likely to get sores, infections, or ulcers in your mouth. Having a dry mouth can also lead to more tooth decay. Diabetes can also lead to inflammation in your gums. If this occurs, you need to see our Asbury Park dentist on a timely basis so that you do not develop gum disease. When gums become inflamed, you may have gingivitis, a precursor to gum disease. If our dentist sees that this is the case, he may well recommend that you have several regular dental cleanings over the coming months to make sure that your gums return to good health. If gingivitis is left untreated, you may develop gum disease. If you have diabetes and are taking an antibiotic to fight and infection, you may get an infection in the mouth which is called thrush. Thrush is a fungal infection found on the mouth and tongue, which is caused by high levels of sugar in the saliva.
Many problems caused by diabetes can be avoided by seeing our Asbury Park dentist on a regular basis. Why not contact us today for an appointment?