Blog Posts by Dr. Jason Gray
Diabetes - Keeping Your Teeth and Gums Healthy
Diabetes - Keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
There are more bacteria in your mouth now, than there are people on earth! If those bacteria settle into your gums, then you end up with gum disease and unfortunately diabetics are more likely to get gum disease.
Recent studies reveal that the relationship between diabetes and gum disease may actually be a two way street. Not only are poorly controlled diabetics more likely to get gum disease, but those people with gum disease are also more likely to have difficulties controlling their blood sugar levels and this may contribute to the progression of diabetes.
As a diabetic you must control your blood sugar levels, and ensure you maintain optimal oral hygiene. It is essential to brush and floss twice daily as well as keeping your dentures clean if you wear them. It is recommended you quit smoking and to make sure to let your dentist know if you have diabetes or are diagnosed with it in the future.