Diabetes and Dentistry

While up to one-third of our population has some form of diabetes, and estimated half of those people are not aware of it. Interestingly, your first indication of the disease may come from your regular dental checkup, where we may notice some signs of diabetes, such as dry mouth, burning mouth or tongue, chronic bad breath, gingivitis or gum disease and sore or loose teeth. Bacteria thrive in the mouths of diabetics when there are high glucose levels present, and this increased level of bacteria, in conjunction with a patient's reduced ability to resist infection, can lead to an increased risk of gum disease.

If you are already aware that you have diabetes, please be sure to let us know. It is important that we understand your condition and are assured that your blood sugar is under control before embarking on any dental work, especially if you are scheduled for dental surgery. In some cases we may need to consult with your doctor to decide if an antibiotic is necessary before dental surgery to prevent infection.

It is crucial for diabetics to schedule frequent professional cleanings, pay careful attention to their home dental care, and replace their toothbrushes at least every three months in order to help reduce the bacterial levels in the mouth.