This post is entitled ‘Oral Health For Fort Worth Diabetics.’ Many people with diabetes have dental problems, and are at higher risk for gum disease and tooth loss. But these are not unavoidable.
Blood sugar is the complicating factor. Fort Worth diabetics who control their blood sugar have lower rates of dental problems. In fact, many Fort Worth dentists have noticed no increased risk of dental disease among diabetics who maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
When blood sugar levels rise, the amount of sugars and starches increase in your mouth. These substances combine with the bacteria naturally present to create enamel-eroding plaque. Untreated plaque creates cavities.
In addition to cavities, Fort Worth dental patients with diabetes need to be vigilant about gum health. Because diabetes can make it harder to control the growth of bacteria, the amount of plaque in your mouth can multiply quicker. Plaque not only causes cavities, it inflames and weakens gum tissue and eventually the bone surrounding teeth.
Untreated gum disease progresses to periodontitis, a more severe infection. Because Fort Worth diabetics have a lower resistance to infection, it can be difficult to reverse periodontitis in people with diabetes. To make matters even worse, the presence of infection can make it harder to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.
Bottom line? 1: Brush and floss regularly to prevent plaque build-up. 2: See us at The Parkway Dentist in Fort Worth for twice-yearly cleanings to remove any plaque and tartar that has accumulated under the gumline. We treat gum disease, and provide general dentistry. Make your next appointment today.
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