Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious medical condition that requires good medical management. Patients with diabetes are more susceptible to gum disease and infections. These infections take longer to heal and in severe cases can cause the teeth to loosen and fall out. The most crucial factor in minimizing the damage caused to gum tissue is the control of blood sugar levels.

It is important to inform us of your medical condition in order for us to take the proper precautions. Dental appointments are preferably scheduled in the morning, as this is a time of high glucose and low insulin activity. Make sure you have taken your medication and that you have had a light snack. If you feel the symptoms of an insulin reaction during the appointment let us know immediately.

Dental treatment is better managed with local anesthetics as general anesthetics can produce hyperglycemia.

Some of the oral complications of uncontrolled diabetes are as follows:

  • Dry mouth.
  • Reoccurring infections.
  • Delayed healing.
  • Increased susceptibility to gum disease.
  • Burning sensation in the mouth.
  • Tingling, numbness or pain in the mouth.

Diabetics should have dental check ups every 6 months and thorough cleanings every 3-6 months depending on the health of their gums. Good home care including brushing and flossing is essential. We may recommend an antibacterial mouthwash to destroy the bacteria causing gum disease thereby limiting the damage to the gum tissues.

With appropriate care and a good understanding of the disease diabetics can lead a normal healthy life.