Chrisman & Wyse

Protecting Oral Health: Dental Care for Diabetic Patients

Feb 16, 2016 @ 10:00 AM — by Dr. David Wyse
Tagged with: General Dentistry Restorative Dentistry

Practicing good oral hygiene habits is important for all patients. However, it is especially important for patients with diabetes. Diabetes increases the risk of oral health problems like gum disease and tooth decay. General dentistry treatments, along with a good oral hygiene routine, can help diabetic patients protect their smiles' beauty and health. Drs. Jay W. Chrisman and David D. Wyse understand the dangers diabetes poses to oral health, making dental care for diabetic patients a priority at our Bloomington, IL practice. For your personalized treatment plan, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Drs. Chrisman and Wyse. In the meantime, discover dental care tips for diabetic patients in this overview.

Diabetes and the Risk to Oral Health

Although diabetes is a disease that impacts the body's ability to process sugars, it's effects are wide reaching and can even impact oral health.

Diabetes can impair a person's ability to heal and fight infection, which is why patients with diabetes, especially uncontrolled diabetes, are more likely to suffer from gum disease, an infection of the gums. Gum disease is particularly dangerous to oral health as it can lead to gum recession, tooth decay, and tooth loss.

Diabetic patients may also experience dry mouth, a condition in which insufficient saliva is produced.  Saliva plays an important role in oral health because it helps reduce the risk of tooth decay by washing away food remnants, neutralizing acids, and remineralizing the teeth. Without sufficient saliva, diabetic patients are at increased risk of tooth decay.

Dental Care Tips for Diabetic Patients

Being at increased risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss, diabetic patients need to be very mindful of their oral health. Practicing proper oral hygiene and keeping diabetes under control can help patients maintain their oral health. Diabetic patients can help protect their smiles with these dental care tips.

Schedule a Consultation

For more information about dental care for diabetic patients, or for your personalized treatment plan, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Drs. Chrisman and Wyse.