If you have diabetes, you are one of 30.3 million Americans who suffer from this disease. Believe it or not, your oral health is extremely important to monitor and take care of when you have diabetes, and here's why.
Diabetes and Periodontal Disease
People who have diabetes are five times more likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease than those without it. Gum disease is an infection of the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth, and if it is left untreated, it will eventually result in tooth loss.
The Oral-Systemic Connection
Over the years, as more information has emerged, we now understand that periodontal health is directly related to your overall health. We know that the bacteria that causes gum disease can enter the bloodstream and travel to other areas of the body where it contributes to the inflammation that causes diabetes, and vice versa.
This information tells us that there has never been a better time to take charge of your oral health to protect your overall health and well being, and preventative dentistry in Irvine, CA is the key.
Preventative Dentistry and Your Overall Health
When you visit your dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups, they can detect any issues such as gum disease early on, which allows you to treat the condition with less invasive procedures. Your hygienist will also remove the plaque buildup that causes gum disease. These appointments are critical for patients struggling to control their diabetes.
Dr. Jeffrey C. Robertson and his team can help you with consistent examinations and cleanings so you can effectively manage your diabetes.
We're always happy to answer questions. If you have questions or concerns about how diabetes affects your oral health, or if it's time to schedule your next appointment, please give us call.