Achieving optimal oral health can be a challenge for the healthiest of patients. Unfortunately, for diabetic patients, this challenge is a lot greater. Diabetes can greatly affect a patient’s dental health. Diabetic patients will need to be very proactive in their dental health and should inform their Asbury Park dentist about their condition.
Diabetes can affect patients’ oral health. Diabetic dental patients have a very high risk for developing dental conditions. However, the risk can be greatly diminished if they work with their dental team. Diabetic patients have special needs and an expert Asbury Park dentist and hygienist will be equipped to meet those needs with their help and cooperation. It is very important that diabetic patients inform their dental team of their diabetes the first time they visit the office so they’re aware of their condition and can plan to meet their special needs. According to the American Diabetes Association, research suggests that diabetic patients are at a very high risk for oral health problems such as gingivitis (early gum disease) and periodontitis (serious gum disease) because they’re more prone to bacterial infection and have a reduced ability to fight off the bacteria that invades the gums. Diabetics who have poorly controlled glucose levels are more likely to develop serious gum disease and to lose teeth than non-diabetics. Serious gum disease is especially dangerous for diabetics because it can play a part in causing blood sugar to rise and consequently can make diabetes harder to control. Diabetic patients can reduce the risk for oral health problems by controlling their blood sugar levels, taking good care of their teeth and by getting regular dental checkups and cleanings.
To learn more about diabetes and oral health, contact our office. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment for you so you can consult with our expert Asbury Park dentist.