Did you know that 9.3% of the population have diabetes? That is roughly 29.1 million people who live in the United States.
Diabetes interferes with the body’s ability to process sugar. Both Type I and Type II diabetes result in high blood sugar levels which can cause problems with the nerves, kidneys, eyes, and heart. But what does this have to do with your teeth?
Every part of your body is affected by the diabetes, including your teeth.
People with diabetes are often more prone to gum disease. Those with diabetes may also have:
- Less saliva causing dry mouth and increasing the risk for cavities.
- Problems tasting food
- Periodontitis (link to website)
It is important to take the necessary precautions to avoid these problems. Controlling blood glucose levels are necessary as is daily brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist.
Teamwork of self-care and professional care is a winning combination. Call today to set up your appointment.