Diabetes & Your Oral Health
Diabetes is one of the most significant health challenges in the United States, affecting more than 16 million people with 800,000 new cases diagnosed each year. It is one of the leading causes of death and disability in this country. People who have diabetes know that it affects their life in innumerable ways, but many overlook the importance of their mouth in monitoring their condition.
The increased presence of glucose caused by diabetes helps bacteria build up on teeth, leading to many problems, including tooth decay, fungal infections, dry mouth and mouth ulcers. This environment can also change the way the teeth come together in your mouth and Central Texas Dental Care wants diabetics to remember that the disease often causes periodontal disease.
Studies estimate that one third of people with diabetes have the most severe form of periodontal disease, and upwards of three quarters have a lesser form of the disease. More concerning is the National Health Interview Survey that showed less than half of all diabetics had visited a dentist in the past year, a much smaller percentage than that of non-diabetics.
If you have periodontal disease, Central Texas Dental Care may be able to help make your mouth healthier.
Central Texas Dental Care may be able to do blood tests to help you monitor the state of your diabetes, especially if you have had a hard time doing so yourself. Tests such as the Diabetes Risk Assessment are even able to determine your chances of developing diabetes for a much lower cost than those in typical doctor’s offices.
For additional information, or to schedule an evaluation, call (254) 666-1689 today!