Moffitt Restorative Dentistry

Diabetes and Dental Health

Sep 26 2011

Gum Disease is the leading complication of diabetes. An estimated one-third of diabetics develope gum disease -a rate three to four times higher than people without diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert food into energy. Keeping the disease under control is critical, and some research suggests that people with diabetes who take care of their gums are better able to control their blood sugar levels. Because diabetics have a higher chance of developing gum disease, it is essential to maintain good oral health and have preventive dental treatment options. Please inform Dr. Moffitt about your type of diabetes, medications you take, whether you are insulin-dependent, and what your baseline blood sugar is. This health history information will help Dr. Moffitt to determine the best oral treatment plan. Brush and floss your teeth twice daily. Schedule routine dental visits (twice a year). Routine visits can aide in detecting early signs of gum disease and provide early treatment options.

Click Here