Healthy Smiles: Diabetes and your oral health

PEOPLE WITH DIABETES tend to have more serious cases of oral disease, which can trigger diabetic complications. That’s why your dentist is so important as part of your health team.

Although anyone can develop gum disease, there is a link between high blood sugar and increased incidence of periodontitis. Periodontitis (periodontal disease) is caused by bacterial infections that eventually can destroy attachment fibers and supportive bone that secure the teeth in your mouth.

Ongoing periodontitis can also make blood sugar control more problematic. A vicious cycle can occur where the body’s energy (glucose) and immune systems have a negative influence on each other. A severe infection may increase an individual’s insulin requirements, at least until the gum inflammation is healed.

The incidence of dental problems is closely associated with eye conditions, such as retinopathy. Someone diagnosed with retinopathy, or other diabetic complication, is wise to have a thorough oral examination. Diabetics who wear dentures should have their soft mouth tissues checked annually by a dentist for sores or signs of fungal infection.

Many diabetes experts recommend visiting the dentist at least twice each year and to schedule appointments about 90 minutes post breakfast so it does not interfere with regular meal times. Adhere to your oral medication or insulin schedule on appointment day and discuss any changes in your diabetes condition or treatment with your dentist.

Talk to your dentist about possible high or low blood sugar problems that might occur while you are in the dentist’s chair.

So, if you or a loved one has diabetes, call our office and we will make sure that your oral health remains in top shape. We would love to serve you. For appointments or consultations, call (863) 216-5702.

This column is sponsored by Professional Smiles.


column by DR. JOSE F. LOPEZ

BIO: After following a lifelong dream of dentistry, Dr. Jose F. Lopez graduated from the University of Puerto Rico Dental School in 2001. He established his Davenport, Fla., practice in 2008. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Lopez is very dedicated to his profession. His number one priority is providing the highest level of patient care and dentistry in a relaxing and comfortable environment, while maintaining exceptional quality service.

Posted Jan. 12, 2016

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