Dental Care for Diabetics
By Stephen Rogers on April 08, 2016
People with diabetes are among those groups of people who have to be extraordinarily attentive to their dental care as they are highly susceptible to an array of oral health problems, from gum disease to oral cancer. Everyone is encouraged by the American Dental Association to visit his or her local general dentistry practice at least twice a year for professional cleanings and thorough oral exams, but this is particularly important for patients with special needs, such as diabetics. It is only through regular visits to the dentist and oral health screenings that diabetic patients can have emerging dental problems diagnosed in their earliest stages, when they are easiest to treat.
At Greater Long Island Dental, we are pleased to offer exceptional dental care for diabetics at our state-of-the-art Long Island, NY office. Our four esteemed dentists, Drs. Stephen E. Rogers, James M. Woltmann, Anthony L. Geraci, and Diana M. Backer, have the training and skills necessary to help our diabetic patients achieve and maintain the best possible long-term oral health. They sit down with diabetic patients individually to review their medical histories, lifestyles, and oral hygiene routines; perform thorough exams of their teeth, gums, and other oral tissues; and then formulate customized plans designed to maximize the health of their mouths.
If you or someone you love has diabetes, we would welcome the opportunity to demonstrate why we should be your dentists of choice. Please contact Greater Long Island Dental today to schedule your initial consultation with one of our experienced dentists.
About the Special Needs of Diabetic Dental Patients
One of the biggest risk factors for gum disease is elevated blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, one of the primary symptoms of diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, is elevated blood sugar levels. While some diabetics are able to control their blood sugar levels through a combination of medications, exercise, and healthy diets, others have uncontrolled blood sugar levels, which puts them at high risk for gum disease.
At this point, many diabetics become stuck in an extremely unhealthy loop. Gum disease, particularly in its more severe form, periodontitis, can cause blood sugar levels to rise, making it more difficult for diabetics to control their levels. This, in turn, promotes the further spread of gum disease. All the while, these two diseases are dramatically increasing the risk of other dental problems such as:
- Tooth decay and tooth loss
- Root canal infections
- Thrush (an infection of the mouth)
- Dry mouth
- Oral cancer
They are also both linked to increased incidence of:
- Heart disease and heart attack
- Blood infections
- Certain cancers
What many diabetics do not realize is that by coordinating care between their primary physicians and their dentists, they can maintain excellent health, both oral and overall, for many years. It all starts with making appointments before conditions develop.
Learn More about Dental Care for Diabetics
To learn more about dental care for diabetics, please contact Greater Long Island Dental today.
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