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Diabetes Update: Is There a Connection to Our Oral Health?

added on: November 11, 2020
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Because November is American Diabetes Awareness month, your Wilmington holistic and biological dentist wanted to remind our patients that there’s definitely a connection between diabetes and what’s happening inside your mouth. If you have diabetes or if it runs in your family, you’ll want to take extra care of your teeth and periodontal (gum) health.

Share Your Story with Us

If you or someone in your family has diabetes, it’s important that you let your holistic and biological dentist in Wilmington know as soon as possible. At All About Smiles, we care about how oral and overall health are connected, especially with illnesses like diabetes

Whether you have Type I or Type II diabetes, you should always make sure you share this information with our doctors and team. This is important because specific challenges to your oral health include:

  • Dry mouth or decreased ability to create saliva
  • Elevated risk for tooth decay and gum disease
  • Increased possibility of fungal and other infections
  • Threats to the body’s healing process
  • Decrease in the sense of taste

What’s The Link Between Gum Disease and Diabetes?

Statistics show that patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have some form of gum disease in their lifetime. This is in comparison to patients without diabetes. Drs. Grace Liu and Lewis Yu can work with you to help manage your diabetes and make sure gum disease doesn’t cause any further health complication such as:

  • Your body’s ability to control glycemic levels
  • Resistance to insulin
  • Increased risk for coronary heart disease
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Severe periodontal disease
  • Susceptibility to recurring infections
  • Damage to your gum and jaw bone
  • Tooth loss

If you have any questions about what you’ve read here or want to schedule some time to sit and talk with your Wilmington biological and holistic dentist, call us at (302) 239-1641. We are forever thankful to you and our growing patient base for choosing us as your holistic and biological dentist. If you’re interested in learning more about what we do and the unique dental services we offer, please schedule a consultation.

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