Dental Problems May Indicate Diabetes

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012, 10:33 pm

Your dental health can indicate a number of other health conditions including diabetes. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and the dental community and public health professionals are emphasizing the link between oral health and overall health.Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA shares information about the link between gum disease and diabetes.

Persistent, aggressive gum disease is often associated with Type 2 diabetes. “Gum and periodontal diseases are diseases of inflammation that trigger a response in the immune system,” explained Dr. Phil Bilger, Dental Director of Public Health for a county in Florida. “But because diabetes can inhibit the immune system, these diseases in a diabetic might be more resistant to treatment than they would be in a non-diabetic person.”

When patients don’t seem to be responding to treatment for their gum disease as quickly as we would like we often suggest a visit to their physician. Often they may discover they have a pre-diabetic condition or are a Type 2 diabetic.

Patients with diabetes also may suffer from dry mouth, thrush (an oral fungal infection) or a condition called “burning mouth” syndrome. Burning mouth is a severe extension of dry mouth but is much more painful.

Having gum disease puts you at risk of developing diabetes, while having diabetes puts you at risk for more serious gum disease. This Catch-22 situation can best be managed by making your dentist part of your diabetes treatment team. Working together we can keep your gums as healthy as possible which will help you to better control your blood sugar.

To schedule your next appointment please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA  today at 706-886-9439.

 

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