Importance of Oral Health for People with Diabetes

When you have diabetes, you become used to taking special care to safeguard your health. Measuring your blood sugar, monitoring your diet, and even monitoring your feet for signs of poor circulation all become part of your daily routine. However, many diabetics neglect their oral health because they do not realize that there is an established link between diabetes and oral health problems such as periodontal disease.

Diabetics are more prone to developing gum disease than those who do not have diabetes. Researchers believe that diabetics are more prone to developing gum disease because their bodies are less resistant to infection, giving the harmful bacteria that cause the infection an opportunity to grow unchecked. However, the relationship between gum disease and diabetes may be two-way. In addition to diabetics being more susceptible to periodontal disease, the periodontal disease may make the diabetes worse by having an impact on the patient’s blood glucose levels.

Because of the relationship between diabetes and gum disease, diabetics should take special care to brush and floss regularly and to visit Dr. Frame, Santa Clara dentist, for regular checkups and cleanings. Dr. Frame is a specialist for teeth cleaning in Santa Clara. He is well versed on the special needs that diabetic patients have in regard to their oral health, such as dry mouth and the risk of developing thrush as well as periodontal disease. Dr. Frame will work with you to help keep your mouth healthy, which will not only help keep your smile bright but also will help keep your blood glucose levels under control.

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