Your Gum Disease and Diabetes Could Be Connected
If you are a diabetic, you may be interested to know that the condition of your teeth and gums could directly affect your ability to control your medical condition. In fact, gum disease that is not treated can be a contributor to worsening diabetes.
The reason behind this connection is based in what diabetes does to the human body. Because diabetes affects white blood cell counts, diabetics are at an increased risk of developing a dental infection like gum disease. In addition, because diabetes often causes dry mouth and other mouth-related symptoms, any periodontal disease that is unchecked has a greater possibility of growing quickly.
If gum disease persists, the infection may become difficult to control and teeth could be lost. Additionally, should an infection go without being treated by periodontists like Dr. Paul Snisky and Dr. Stephen Stein, the diabetic may discover that he or she is unable to regulate blood sugar effectively due to their body’s lowered immunity.
The solution to dealing with periodontal disease is to seek treatment right away, maintain regular check-ups and cleanings, and deal with any dental conditions immediately.
Best Practices for Patients with Diabetes
If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes, or you are pre-diabetic, it is important for you to take the following precautionary measures:
- Always come to your scheduled appointments with Dr. Snisky and Dr. Stein.
- Tell us about any health issues you are having, whether they are related to your teeth and gums or not. After all, the issues could be related.
- Get treatment for any gum disease in its earliest stages, or as soon as it is detected.
- Take your diabetes medications and keep your blood sugar in check.
- Eat a healthy diet rich in foods that will keep you fit and your mouth happy and healthy.
Remember that there are other causes of diabetes in Scarsdale, NY other than gum disease, so if you have a family history of the condition, make sure you take measures to keep diabetes at bay. Contact Dr. Snisky and Dr. Stein today for your periodontal disease evaluation.