Diabetes rates are up—again. Some 30 million Americans—one of every nine adults—have diabetes. Another 84 million have pre-diabetes, putting them at risk for type 2 diabetes. Diabetes affects the blood chemistry and metabolism, threatening its victims with such serious disorders as eye disease, heart disease, kidney failure and stroke.
Early detection can ward off the dangers, and we dentists are often the first to notice clues. Diabetics are more likely than others to develop tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, fungal infections, dry mouth, impaired taste, inflammatory skin disease, delayed healing and infections.
New research says it may be possible to teach our body to heal itself and with a small push, train the body to start producing adequate levels of insulin once more, on its own. This can help with future treatments.
In the meanwhile, if you are diabetic and you know it, tell us. We need to know how it’s being controlled, what prescription and over-the-counter medications you’re taking, and if your medical history has changed in other ways.
Many diabetics have to come in for more frequent dental checkups, important since research suggests that periodontal disease makes it more difficult for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar.
If you’d like to come in to see us for a hygiene appointment as well as check your periodontal health, please give us a call or fill out the form below!
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