The Basics: Diabetes and Your Smile
posted: Oct. 15, 2018.
Did you know that there is a huge impact on your oral health if you are suffering from diabetes? Nearly 30 million Americans are suffering from diabetes, which roughly accounts for about 10 percent of the population. Thus, our dentist is well aware of the issues at hand if you should you be suffering from diabetes, so but sure to let your dentist know when you visit our office.
Diabetes refers to a condition in which your body’s ability to process sugar is hindered. Not only will this have an effect on your overall health, but your oral health may suffer as well.
Our dentist is trained to be able to assist with your oral health care needs should you be suffering from diabetes. Because diabetes can cause you to have less saliva in your mouth, you will be susceptible to dry mouth symptoms. If dry mouth is present, it can lead to severe oral health risks such as gum disease and tooth decay. This means that you will need to take extra care to ensure that your mouth is producing enough saliva.
Another risk that diabetes can cause your smile is through delayed recovery time. If for any reason you have any oral health care procedures done, or your smile needs to heal up, diabetes can cause issues and complications. Furthermore, oral health complications associated with gum disease can cause an increase in blood sugar, which in turn can make diabetes more difficult to handle. With all the risks associated with diabetes, you may need to visit your dentist for routine visits until the quality of your oral health has been improved.
Do you have any additional questions or concerns about diabetes and its effect on your smile? You are welcome to stop by our office. To schedule an appointment with our [dr-type] at Mill Valley Dental, call us at our dental office in Mill Valley, California, at 415-578-5879. Dr. Sohrab Saghezchi and our entire team look forward to helping you soon!