Are you diabetic? Even if your diabetes is under control or you’re borderline diabetic, this chronic condition can significantly impact your oral health. In fact, people with diabetes are more susceptible to lose their teeth as a result of gum disease than people with healthy blood sugar levels. If you’ve always struggled with your oral health or assumed you just have “bad teeth,” your diabetes may be part of the reason why.
Controlling Gingivitis is Key
Prophylactic, or “preventive” dental appointments are usually recommended every six months for people with good oral health. If you’ve been treated for gum disease in the past or battle symptoms of gingivitis (puffy, red or bleeding gums), you may need to book your cleaning with one of our hygienists as frequently as every three to four months.
If You Have Active Periodontal Disease
It is not uncommon for diabetic patients to have active gum disease. At Southern Oaks Family Dental, we may recommend an initial series of periodontal therapy sessions, or “deep cleanings.” Most of the time, these more extensive cleanings are broken up over the course of two to four appointments. Our hygienists will focus on one or two quadrants of your mouth at a time and utilize special tools to clean the deep pockets of gum tissue between each tooth. This not only eliminates harbored bacteria but also helps the gums reattach to the tooth roots.
After your deep cleaning, you can have a “blank slate” with your smile health again. With the help of modified brushing and flossing techniques, you will be able to reduce the bacterial load inside of your mouth despite your ongoing diabetes. About three months later, you will return to our office for a periodontal maintenance cleaning. Gradually, these visits may be spread out to every six months again. However, it is imperative that you get your diabetes under control and managed with your physician.
It’s a Two-Way Street
The relationship between diabetes and gum disease is a two-way street. Not only can untreated diabetes contribute to periodontal disease, but periodontal disease can also make your diabetes or blood sugar levels more difficult to manage.
If you are diabetic, let us help you stay on top of your smile health. Book your routine dental cleaning or periodontal therapy at our Baton Rouge office today.
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8670 Airline Hwy Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70815
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