While diabetics understand the importance of good oral hygiene, it still doesn't get as much attention as it deserves. What many people fail to understand is that tooth loss primarily occurs because diabetics are more susceptible to periodontal disease.
This is a group of diseases that are responsible for causing infections, and inflammations that result in the loss of gum tissue and bone structure.
Lack of Glucose Control
One of the main reasons tooth loss occurs in diabetics is because of poor glucose control. When your glucose levels are out of control your defense mechanism against infections becomes dulled.
This includes minor infections that occur in your mouth. These begin to linger on and may even grow worse. Eventually the could even cause chronic inflammation that results in tooth erosion or loss.
Smoking and Alcohol Abuse
These factors serve to make your diabetes worse. If you're already suffering from periodontal disease, these “drugs” will aggravate this disease. Unfortunately, this isn't just a problem for adults. Children often have extensive periodontal disease before they reach adolescence.
Getting Help Before it's too Late
Fortunately, periodontal disease is both preventable and treatable. This is something that's important for people to understand – diabetics in specific.
Taking these steps is important because periodontal disease is linked to heart attacks and strokes. Over the past couple of years, dentists have come to understand that people who have periodontal disease tend to experience heart attacks and strokes more frequently.
As a diabetic you need to do your best to maintain normal glucose levels. At the same time, you also need to take care of the rest of your health – avoiding things like smoking and only drinking in moderation. You also need to maintain your daily health by brushing, flossing, and rinsing twice daily. It's also important for you to get regular dental care so make sure you contact us for an appointment today.
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