Preserving Oral Health in Diabetic Patients
There are many benefits of professional dental care. Not only can dental care help patients preserve the beauty of their smiles, but these services maintain the strength of the teeth, the comfort of oral functions, and the integrity of the gums and jawbone. General, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry treatments are beneficial for the oral health all patients, but it is especially important for diabetic patients. Diabetes increases the risk of many dental complications, but quality dental care can help diabetic patient’s preserve good oral health. Dr. Michael Bixby offers a comprehensive range of dental care services for diabetic patients at his Red Bank, NJ practice, allowing these patients to enjoy the healthy, beautiful smile they deserve.
Oral Health Risks for Diabetic Patients
Diabetes is a condition in which the body is not able to properly regulate its blood sugar level. An inadequate production of insulin, failure to respond to insulin, or combination of both may result in a high blood sugar level. This disease can have an impact on the entire body, including the mouth. As blood sugar levels rise, the risks of oral health problems increase. Some oral health problems that are likely to be of greater risk for diabetic patients include the following:
- Tooth decay
- Root canal infection
- Gum disease
- Dry mouth
- Thrush (a fungal infection of the mouth)
Oral Health Tips for Diabetic Patients
Because diabetes increases the risk of dental complications, it is especially important for diabetic patients to put adequate effort into good oral hygiene habits and routine professional dental care. Below are some tips that may help diabetic patients avoid oral health problems:
- Closely monitor blood sugar and keep levels as close to normal as possible
- Brush the teeth at least twice a day, but ideally after each meal
- Floss once a day
- Schedule a routine dental exam and cleaning at least twice a year (more frequent appointments may be recommended for some diabetic patients)
How Professional Dental Care Can Help
At-home oral hygiene practices are important to any diabetic patient, but nothing can replace the benefits provided by professional dental care. Many oral health problems don’t result in noticeable symptoms until the condition has progressed to a more serious problem. However, at a routine dental exam, problems such as tooth decay or gum disease can be diagnosed early so that proper treatment can be administered before the condition has a more serious impact on the patient’s oral health. In addition to offering professional dental exams, Dr. Bixby offers a complete range of restorative dentistry treatments that can help patients with diabetes address dental complications in order to preserve oral health.
Professional dental care is an asset to the oral health of all patients, whether they live with diabetes or not. If you are looking for a trusted, caring, and experienced dentist to provide dental services that will benefit your smile, you’ll find that quality care with Dr. Michael Bixby. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about the comprehensive range of dental services offered at Dr. Bixby’s practice.