Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, CA
Diabetes represents one of the greatest health threats in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100 million Americans either have diabetes or are pre-diabetic. If you or someone you love is diabetic, you know the importance of being vigilant about your diet, exercise, and medical care. But is dental care art of your diabetes management plan? If not, it should be. Integrative Dental Arts wants to explain how your oral health can have an impact—good or bad—on your diabetes.
Diabetes raises your risk of several oral health issues
You could be more susceptible to fungal infections of the mouth and tongue, otherwise known as “thrush” because high glucose levels serve as fuel to encourage the proliferation of any existing fungus.
Dry mouth can be a side effect of many medications used to manage diabetes. In addition to limiting saliva production. Your saliva is a natural defense system for your mouth to protect against the accumulation of cavity-causing plaque, bacteria, and food particles. Consistent dry mouth can lead to sores, ulcers, or an increased risk of tooth decay, and gum disease.
Diabetics also may heal more slowly from any oral surgeries or dental surgeries, due to their condition causing restricted blood flow in the mouth.
Gum disease and diabetes … a vicious cycle
Periodontal disease starts from a bacterial infection in your gum tissue. Left untreated, permanent damage can be done to your mouth. The consequences of gum disease include swollen or bleeding gums, halitosis (aka bad breath), a predisposition to abscesses, gum recession, loose teeth, and even tooth loss.
Gum disease is a common complication of diabetes. At Integrative Dental Arts, we recognize the link between the two disorders. Gum disease can elevate your risk of complications with your diabetes; inflammation in the gums can increase insulin resistance, and even destroy cells that produce insulin, both of which can worsen an existing case of diabetes. Likewise, diabetics live with increased inflammation and increased oral bacteria, which requires extreme diligence about their dental health to prevent periodontal problems from developing. Diabetics also have circulation issues, potentially meaning your gums have less white blood cells available to fight the infection causing a case of gum disease to manifest.
Treating gum disease in Agoura Hills
At our Agoura Hills dental office, Integrative Dental Arts can treat periodontal disease, no matter what its stage may be. And if you or someone you love has been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s crucial to find a dentist you trust to be part of your health care team. As part of our belief in whole health dentistry, we perform a comprehensive exam on new patients, including screenings for oral cancer, blood pressure issues, and gum disease. We can make sure that diabetes and gum disease don’t join forces to do a number on your overall health and wellness! To learn more about our practice and our holistic approach to oral health care, call (818) 889-0400 today if you live in the areas of Agoura Hills and Westlake Village in southern California.