Everyone should have good oral health, but it is particularly important for people with diabetes to take good care of their teeth and gums. Diabetes can cause several dental issues, and poor oral health can cause other health issues for people with diabetes.
Forestside is a leading dental practice based in Dibden Purlieu, providing exceptional dentistry to people across Hampshire. If you have diabetes and want to know how to care for your teeth, book an appointment with our specialists for the best treatment and advice.
How Does Oral Health Affect Diabetes?
Oral health and diabetes often go hand in hand. Diabetes can negatively impact your teeth, and poor oral health can cause complications for people with diabetes.
Evidence shows that people with diabetes are 3 times more likely to experience dental problems than people without the condition. Also, while they are not as badly impacted, people with Type 1 diabetes are also at a higher risk of various oral health issues.
Unmanaged blood glucose levels can cause gum disease, fungal infections and slow down wound healing in the mouth and gums. Diabetes can also lead to high levels of glucose in your saliva, which can lead to plaque build up and bacterial growth in all areas of your mouth.
Risks of Gum Disease
Research shows that there is a link between diabetes and an increased risk of gum disease. Gum disease is a common oral health issue but is particularly prevalent in people with diabetes.
It is thought that the increased risk of gum disease is due to higher glucose levels in the blood and saliva. If left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss, receding and bleeding gums, and the condition can also cause blood sugar levels to rise.
Gums disease is a serious condition that requires effective treatment whether you have diabetes or not. However, gum disease and diabetes can be a dangerous combination, potentially causing serious heart, kidney, eye, nerve and blood vessel issues
Make a routine appointment at our private dental practice in Dibden Purlieu and discover if diabetes is affecting your oral health.
The Importance of Good Oral Health
If you want to have a healthy smile for a lifetime, good oral health is essential. If you have diabetes, taking care of your teeth and gums can keep other health conditions and diseases at bay too.
The team at Forestside are passionate about good oral health, and our dentists are trained to spot issues early on and provide effective treatment. People with diabetes should avoid missing routine dental examinations whenever possible. Oral health issues such as gum disease and thrush will not clear up on their own, and the sooner they are treated, the better.
Using their expert knowledge and innovative, industry leading equipment, the Forestside dentists can spot problems early on and develop a bespoke treatment plan for your needs. Whether you have diabetes or not, for optimum oral health, you need to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, eat a healthy balanced diet and avoid cigarettes.
Periodontal disease is the medical term for gum disease and is a condition that regularly impacts people with diabetes. Here at our leading private dental practice, we provide various periodontal services in the Hampshire area and can help people with diabetes to recover from gum disease.
Common symptoms of periodontal disease in its early stage (gingivitis) include inflamed gums and bleeding. It is never normal for your gums to bleed, and if you notice this happening, don’t hesitate to book an appointment to treat the issue as soon as possible.
Regular periodontist appointments can help to prevent gum disease and can also treat gingivitis before it develops into periodontitis. In serious cases, periodontitis can cause the gum to pull away from the tooth and bone, resulting in tooth loss.
Book a Hygienist Appointment
Tooth loss due to diabetes can impact a person’s confidence and lead to further dental issues in the future. Regular hygienist appointments are important to keep your teeth clean, strong and healthy.
Here at Forestside, we provide a comfortable environment for all appointments and use top of the line equipment for all procedures. Our skilled hygienists can clean your teeth more thoroughly than is possible with regular brushing and also provide advice on how to best look after your teeth if you have diabetes.
Book a hygienist appointment today for a whiter smile and healthier teeth and gums.
Providing Dental Care for People With Diabetes
Forestside Dental provides a high quality dental service for all, including people with diabetes. There is no need to feel anxious about your appointment, as our friendly team will take good care of you. Call us on 023 8087 9088 or use our online form to book an appointment today!