Most patients don’t realize that diabetes can affect your oral health just as much as your overall health. Diabetes can affect the body’s natural response to fight off infections, resulting in a higher risk of patients developing gum disease, fungal infections, or dry mouth. Understanding how diabetes affects your oral health can help you make more informed decisions about your dental health. Visit our Towson dentist office to learn more.
Diabetes and Your Oral Health
Why Does Thrush Affect Patients With Diabetes? Patients with diabetes tend to have higher levels of glucose in their saliva. Fungus typically grows in this moist, wet and sugary environment.
What Treatments are Possible For Thrush? Antifungal mouthwashes can help reduce the effects of thrush. If patients are diagnosed with thrush, we will recommend the most appropriate treatment to restore health.
- Tooth Decay
Why Does Tooth Decay Affect Patients With Diabetes? Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing a dry mouth. Dry mouth is a common factor for increased rates of tooth decay. When the body does produce enough saliva, the oral cavity dries out and cannot adequately remove plaque build up.
How Do I Know If I Have Tooth Decay: If you experience tenderness, pain, or discomfort in a tooth you may be experiencing tooth decay.
How Is Tooth Decay Treated?: Depending on how advanced your tooth decay is, we offer treatments such as root canals, tooth extractions, and dental fillings.
- Periodontal Disease
What Are The Signs Of Periodontal Disease? If you notice swelling, tenderness or frequent bleeding of your gums, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paulen. Other symptoms of advanced gum disease are receding gums, loosening or shifting of teeth or even tooth loss.
How Is Periodontal Disease Treated? Periodontal disease is an advanced dental health concern that requires the care of the dentist. Depending on the stage of gum disease, Dr. Paulen will help build a personal treatment plan to reduce the effects of gum disease. Untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, heart disease, and even bone deterioration.
Schedule An Appointment
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, be sure to schedule routine dental exams. Our team at Welinsky Dental Center can work with you to coordinate the dental care you need. To schedule an appointment, contact us or request an appointment online.