As we have already discussed, maintaining healthy teeth and gums is extremely beneficial for our general health. This becomes even more important if we develop an illness or disease as often, they are interlinked.
Please read on to learn more about these illnesses and their effect on your oral health
Your diabetes puts you at an especially high risk for developing gum (periodontal) disease.
High levels of blood sugar, in poorly controlled diabetes, feeds the bacteria that causes gum disease (and other infections in your body), and so usually gum disease progresses more quickly in diabetics.
This results in tooth loss much more quickly and earlier in life, in diabetics. Evidence is mounting that allowing gum disease to persist, makes it harder for you to control your blood sugar. Eliminating gum disease can improve your blood sugar control and reduce the likelihood for the serious complications of diabetes, a win-win for you!
Therefore, it is extremely important for you to work with us to control your gum disease. We need to continually monitor you for the earliest signs of gum disease and then take whatever steps are necessary to eliminate it. Gum disease can occur without you even knowing it. Often, only a dentist or hygienist can tell if you have any areas of gum disease in your mouth.
Treating any areas of gum disease, in its earliest stage, can help you take better control your blood sugar and thus reduce the likelihood of your developing the typical complications of diabetes.
We may recommend seeing you more frequently than twice a year. We know through solid research that it takes about 2-3 months for bacteria to reorganize and cause disease. Since it is easier for bacteria in your mouth to lead to problems, we need to see you more frequently to make sure that we eliminate any small flare-ups before they turn into bigger problems.
In addition untreated gum disease is likely to result in tooth loss much more quickly in diabetics.
Inflammation anywhere in the body is bad. Inflammation has been linked with many of the chronic diseases of aging. The mouth is a significant source of inflammation, where gum-disease is present. When your gums are inflamed bacteria gets through the inflamed gum and into your bloodstream daily. These bacteria can then travel wherever the blood flows. Bacteria from the mouth can get into the blood stream and clog arteries.
If you have gum-disease, you are at an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.
Heart disease is the leading killer of adults in Ireland. Thus, if you want to lower your risk for heart disease and stroke it is extremely important for you to work with us to treat your gum-disease. We need to continually monitor you for the earliest signs of gum disease and then take whatever steps are necessary to eliminate it. Gum disease can occur without you even knowing it. Often only, a dentist or hygienist can tell if you have any areas of gum disease in your mouth.
Treating any areas of gum disease in its earliest stage can help you lower your risks for heart disease and stroke. We may recommend seeing you more frequently than twice a year.
Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
Xerostomia is a dry mouth which is caused by a reduction in the production of saliva. This can on occasion happen to people of all ages particularly if they are nervous or stressed. However when it persists it can lead to lead to difficulties in chewing, talking, eating and swallowing. Dry mouth also significantly increases the risk of tooth decay and other oral infections (candidiasis) as saliva helps keep harmful germs in check. This increased risk of tooth decay is particular high in patients who wear removable partial denture because wearing dentures makes maintaining adequate oral hygiene more difficult.
Dry mouth occurs when a persons salivary glands do not make saliva properly. This is most commonly a side effect of medications. It can also be a side effect of a number of disease such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, sjogrens syndrome or a side effect of cancer treatments.
Dry mouth can be a difficult problem to manage. If dry mouth is a side effect of prescription medications it is worth consulting your doctor to see if alternate medications could be taken instead which may not have this side effect. If this is not possible it is helpful to drink plenty of water and chew sugar free gum. Maintaining a health mouth is more difficult when a patient has dry mouth. It is vital to strictly control the intake of sugary foods, maintain excellent oral hygiene and visit the dentist and dental hygienist regularly.