The month of November hosts several reasons to stop and reflect. Thanksgiving is a time to take inventory on all that you’re grateful for. Did you know it’s also a month to highlight diabetes? November is American Diabetes Month. This is a time to focus our attention on the over 20 million people in the United States who suffer from this disease. It’s a time to raise awareness and to focus on research to cure diabetes. For more information on diabetes you can visit the American Diabetes Association’s website here.
If you or a loved one is suffering from diabetes, it’s important to remember that there is a direct link between diabetes and dental health. Due to the increased production of bacteria from increased glucose levels in saliva, patients with diabetes are at a higher risk for periodontal disease (gum disease) or an oral infection.
Other oral complications related to diabetes include:
- Bleeding gums
- Mouth sores that are difficult to heal
- Tissue Sensitivity
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Dry mouth
If diabetes is not well maintained there is higher risk that these complications will increase. You or your loved one suffering from diabetes can take steps to control your diabetes and your dental health. By monitoring your sugar levels closely, exercising and maintaining your at home daily dental care routine, you can reduce your risk of complications.
In addition to these healthful steps, you should maintain your regular six-month dental checkups and cleanings at Vida Dental Group in Austin. Call and book your dental appointment with us today.
Posted on behalf of Vida Dental