What to Tell Your Dentist if You Have Diabetes

Patients with diabetes are three to four times more likely to develop periodontal disease, or gum disease, than someone without diabetes. It is important for you, your physician, and your dentist to work together to develop a treatment plan. With this, you can minimize or eliminate the risk for periodontal disease.

Frequently Update your Dentist on your Diabetic Condition and Frequently Update your Physician on your Oral Health Condition.

Your dentist can assess the risk of developing periodontal disease based on the control of your diabetes. If your diabetes is well controlled, you may have the same risk of developing periodontal disease as someone without diabetes. However, if your diabetes is not well controlled, or if you have an advanced form of periodontal disease, then Dr. Reddy may recommend removing the plaque and calculus from the pockets of your teeth through frequent dental cleanings, also called oral prophylaxis. This can also be done through periodontal surgery. Below are additional problems that may occur along with or without periodontal disease that you should tell Dr. Reddy during your visit.

1. Dry Mouth

Maintaining your blood sugar may be difficult if you experience pain while eating, chewing, tasting, or swallowing. This may be a sign of dry mouth, also called Xerostomia, which is indicated by a lack of saliva in your mouth caused by a salivary gland.  This can also cause inflamed or sore tissues.

2. Burning Mouth Syndrome

Simply, you may have this syndrome if you have a burning sensation in your mouth with no apparent cause. If you experience this, contact SmileUP to make an appointment for an examination.

Diabetes and Dentistry3. Oral Surgery

Uncontrolled diabetes can slow down the healing process and increase the risk of infection after an oral surgery. Additionally, it may be more difficult to maintain your blood sugar levels after the oral surgery. The American Diabetes Association recommends that before your oral surgery you should eat a nutritious meal, take all prescribed medications, and take an antibiotic to prevent infection during surgery (if needed). You should also plan meals for after the surgery to maintain your blood sugar, and wait until your blood sugar levels are under control before undergoing oral surgery.

4. Fungal Infection

With diabetes, you are at a higher risk for candidiasis (thrush) fungal infection. Everyone has a healthy amount of candida albicans fungus in their mouth. However, dry mouth and an increase in sugar in your saliva can cause this fungal infection. Sore red and white areas in your mouth is also a sign of candidiasis.

Regardless of how controlled your diabetes is, it is dire that you communicate with your physician and Dr. Reddy to ensure the proper treatment procedures. For more information, call SmileUP at 940-218-9110 and reserve your appointment today!