November is Diabetes awareness month.

November is Diabetes awareness month, and there are more than 26 million Americans have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Whether you have Type I Diabetes or Type II, it can harm your whole body significantly, including oral health.

Because diabetes affects your whole body, especially your mouth, you will have to take special care of your teeth and gums. It is also essential for you to manage your blood sugar. As time passes, high levels of blood glucose can put your oral health in jeopardy. People with diabetes are at higher risk of gum disease due to their compromised immune system. So it is in your best interest to take outstanding care of your teeth.

So, what can you do to take care of your mouth? 

The number one thing will be to keep your blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible. This is in addition to an excellent oral hygiene routine such as brushing, flossing, and getting routine professional cleanings.

How should a diabetic patient prepare for his/her dentist appointment?

It is always a good idea to let your dentist know about your condition beforehand. Always be ready to share important information with your dentist, such as the A1C level, bring your meter and glucose source to your dental appointments. Make sure you eat well before your appointments to avoid low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) episodes. Always check blood sugar levels at the dentist’s office to make sure you have an accident free procedure. Excellent communication with your dentist is critical, make sure to report any dental pain, abscesses or emergencies, also post-operative healing, etc. All of these can affect eating and make it harder for a diabetic patient to manage blood sugar levels; that is why it is so critical to stay in contact with your dentist.

You should also know that there are other symptoms, especially for those with diabetes type I. These patients can experience an increase in gumline cavities, dry mouth, and oral sores, which might be an indication of celiac disease. If these symptoms are present, it is an excellent idea to test for celiac disease.

Schedule your next dental appointment with the caring and professional staff at the dental office of Dr. Natalya Carmichael.
General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentist | San Diego, Rancho Penasquitos, CA

(858) 779-8668, 9728 Carmel Mountain Rd. Suite B, San Diego, CA 92129