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4 Rogers Street
Spring Hill, QLD, 4000

+61 7 3391 2504

Brisbane Dentist - excellence in general and aesthetic dentistry with Drs Amy Daley, Leila Haywood, UQ graduates with 20 years of experience in Spring Hill, Brisbane

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Why is good oral health critical for diabetics?

Why is good oral health critical for diabetics?

The high blood sugar that accompanies diabetes can take a toll on teeth and gums in several ways.

The bacteria in our mouths cause the buildup of plaque on our teeth, which can lead to tartar or calculus. Tartar, in turn, irritates the gums and leads to gingivitis. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, a serious infection of the gums and the bones that surround our teeth. Periodontitis can cause our gums to recede and, in more advanced cases, the teeth can loosen and fall out, or become so painful that the dentist needs to remove them.

According to the Mayo clinic, studies show that people with type 2 diabetes are three times more likely to develop gingivitis than people who do not have diabetes. People with diabetes can be more susceptible to infections and take longer to heal. And poor oral hygiene can make diabetes more difficult to control too. An infection due to gum disease can affect insulin needs.

Good oral health can be maintained despite diabetes by brushing and flossing regularly. Be sure to tell your dentist that you have diabetes and schedule regular preventive care with professional scaling and cleaning of the teeth, at least every 6 months. During these visits, your dentist or dental hygienist can identify early problems with the gums and supporting bone and help prevent infection.