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Posts for: December, 2013
By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
December 03, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Health Care
Diabetes Awareness Month: Be Aware of Oral Health Problems
Did you know close to 18.8 million people in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes? There are 7 million who are undiagnosed and 79 million who are pre-diabetes, according to 2011 data from the American Diabetes Association. Before we roll into December, our family dentistry in Milford, CT, wanted to give a quick shout out to November being Diabetes Awareness Month. For patients with diabetes, it’s important to understand and be better prepared for any oral health issues that might arise over time.
Common Dental Problems Associated with Diabetes
When glucose levels rise above the normal level, it can trigger an excessive production of bacteria in the mouth. If decay-causing plaque hardens into tartar, patients with diabetes might find it difficult to remove tartar and plaque between the teeth and gums. Plus, diabetes reduces the body’s ability to fight illnesses, so gum tissue and teeth can’t effectively fight off infection. Once decay occurs, other problems may follow—it’s the domino effect. If you have diabetes, keep an eye out for these symptoms:
- Swollen and tender gums
- Bleeding of the gums
- Persistent bad breath and bad taste in the mouth
- Loose teeth
These symptoms can be signaling to an underlying problem, such as periodontal (gum) disease.
To keep oral health in check, patients with diabetes need to keep their glucose levels and overall health also in check. Regular visits to a primary physician and Dr. Schechter will help. At Dr. Schechter’s Milford Family Dentistry, patients’ oral health is our first priority. We support diabetes awareness year round, what about you? Let us know how you support diabetes research and awareness.