Diabetes

Diabetes affects 18.2 million people in the United States and is expected to double by the year 2010. Additionally , diabetics that do not have good control over their blood sugars are more susceptible to oral health problems than non-diabetics, according to a study that appears in the November 2004 issue of General Dentistry.

Oral Symptoms of Diabetes:

  • Bad breath and bleeding gums are often indicators
  • Dry mouth also may develop, causing increased tooth decay
  • Receding gums has been found in poorly controlled diabetic patients

Patients that have a scheduled appointment should eat and take medications as directed. In addition it is best to follow a normal daily routine and stay relaxed to prevent a hypoglycemic reaction.
If blood sugar is not under control a patient should talk with both their dentist and physician before receiving elective dental care.