The Importance of Dental Care for Diabetics

By Steven Kail on October 30, 2015

Older gentleman with a healthy, attractive smileProfessional dental care is important to everyone. General dentistry services help patients to maintain the health of the teeth and gums while restorative dentistry services repair damage that may compromise a patient’s oral health. As important as these services are to an otherwise healthy person, they are even more so to patients with diabetes. We offer quality dental care for diabetics at our Jackson, TN practice, Premier Dental Center, in order to help these patients avoid the oral health risks that are associated with diabetes.

Diabetes and Oral Health

Diabetes is a condition that can take a toll on the entire body. This includes the mouth. Patients with diabetes have trouble managing their blood sugar level. The higher a patient’s blood sugar level, the greater the risk of oral health problems. Some of the oral health conditions that should be of particular concern for diabetics include the following:

  • Tooth decay
  • Early gum disease (gingivitis)
  • Advanced gum disease (periodontitis)

Each of these conditions can lead to oral health complications such as infection or tooth loss, if left untreated. Because a patient’s oral health is vulnerable when diabetes is present, dental care is especially important for diabetic patients.

General Dental Care

General dental care is the greatest tool a diabetic has in preventing oral health problems that have been associated with this disease. Regular dental exams and cleanings allow our dentists to keep the teeth and gums free of harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar, and look out for any early signs of complications so that additional treatment can be scheduled if necessary. For healthy patients, we recommend that these exams and cleanings be scheduled twice a year. However, if a patient has uncontrolled diabetes, if their blood sugar level is particularly high, or if dental complications have proven to be a problem in the past, we may recommend more frequent exams. Other steps that patients can take to avoid oral health problems include the following:

  • Brush and floss regularly
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Monitor and manage blood sugar levels
  • Make sure your dentist knows you have diabetes so that proper precautions can be taken

Restorative Dental Care

It is a very real possibility that, even with a vigorous preventative dentistry regimen, patients with diabetes will experience oral health problems. Again, as long as these problems are detected early on, our dentists can provide effective restorative dental care in order to prevent more serious complications from developing. We offer an array of restorative dental treatments that can repair the damage of tooth decay or gum disease, including dental fillings, dental crowns, and root planing and scaling. Each of these treatments is meant to strengthen and protect the teeth and gums so that patients can preserve good oral health.

Schedule an Appointment

If you have diabetes, it is very important to have an experienced dentist to help you preserve your oral health. At Premier Dental Center, our team of dentists can provide the general and restorative dental care that is so beneficial to diabetic patients and their oral health. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about our comprehensive range of dental care. We look forward to hearing from you!

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