Poorly controlled blood sugar levels impairs your white blood cells, which are your body’s main defence against bacterial infections.
Infections can increase blood sugar levels, making your diabetes harder to control! Well controlled diabetes contributes to a healthy mouth. If your gum disease is controlled, your blood sugar is more likely to be controlled.
Regular dental cleaning is very important because you’re at higher risk of oral health problems due to fluctuating blood sugar levels.
Dry mouth: Medications and uncontrolled diabetes cause decreased saliva flow, resulting in burning sensation, tooth decay, oral thrush and oral infections.
Gum inflammation: Periodontal disease is caused by plaque (bacteria and food debris) build up. This initiates the inflammation process, resulting in red swollen bleeding gums, before destroying the supporting bone structure of the teeth. It is a slow painless progressive disease, and without early dental detection may not show obvious signs until it has progressed into its later stage resulting in tooth mobility and dental infections.
Smoking: Smoking is the no.1 risk factor for developing periodontal disease. Smoking also reduces blood flow to tissues which impairs tissue healing.
It is important to visit a dental professional regularly, because we can detect gum disease even before you have any pain or symptoms. People with diabetes need visits every 3-6 months to maintain optimal oral health. At ProSmile, we will ask you what medications you take, your Blood Sugar levels, if you have had a hypoglycaemic episode, and when you last took your insulin.
At every visit, we check the condition of your gums, remove the bacteria that’s inaccessible with homecare technique, and keep you fully informed of your periodontal condition.
At ProSmile we take the time in a relaxed environment to teach you the best way to care for your teeth and gums at home, and will recommend any products to assist your home care to optimize your oral health. Your optimal oral health is our highest priority.
13 / 1495 Golden Grove road
GOLDEN GROVE 5125
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