If you have diabetes (and an estimated 25 million Americans do), then you understand the importance of maintaining good blood sugar levels to deter the damaging effects of this disease on the body. Hopefully, you attend regular checkups with your medical doctor and heed his or her advice in an effort to improve whole-body health. You may not know, however, that diabetes type 1 and type 2 can contribute to a variety of conditions that negatively impact your oral health.
Diabetes & Your Smile
Diabetes can lower your ability to fight infection and can thicken the walls of blood vessels, limiting their effectiveness in transporting nutrients and removing wastes. As a result, people with diabetes are at a higher risk of:
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Dry mouth
- Burning sensation of the mouth and/or tongue
- Delayed healing following oral surgery
The Role Your Dentist Plays
Your dentist should be an integral part of your healthcare team to help manage and counteract the negative effects of diabetes. Virginia Beach VA dentists Dr. Gregory Schrumpf and Dr. Barry Herman of Schrumpf & Herman Family Dentistry understand the unique dental needs of patients with diabetes and will help you control your diabetes so that it doesn’t control you.
They can provide tips on lifestyle changes, nutritional habits, and preventive oral healthcare measures. It’s especially important to ward off gum disease and the damage it can do to the mouth and the body. A personalized oral healthcare plan that includes frequent checkups and cleanings, as well as other treatments customized for your unique needs, can keep your smile healthy and contribute to good overall wellness.
Your Virginia Beach VA dentist also plays an important role in identifying specific signs of diabetes in patients who suffer from this condition but who have not yet been diagnosed. Attending regular dental exams and telling the doctor about any changes in your health can be invaluable tools to identify undiagnosed diabetes and get you the medical attention you need to live a strong, healthy life.
At Schrumpf & Herman Family Dentistry, we truly care about your well-being. Call us today to schedule an appointment.