Today’s dental article is entitled ‘Oral Health For Alaska Diabetics.’ Many AlaskaÂ residents with diabetes have dental problems. However, gum disease, tooth loss, and periodontal disease are not unavoidable.
Blood sugar is the complicating factor. Alaska diabetics who control their blood sugar have lower rates of dental problems. In fact, many Alaska 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, Alaska 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 Alaska area 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 your AlaskaÂ sedation dentist for twice-yearly cleanings to remove any plaque and tartar that has accumulated under the gumline.
Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry is accepting new patients in Alaska. We can help diabetic dental patients keep their smiles beautiful. We also provide periodontal treatment, if necessary. If you are in need of cosmetic dentistry because of diabetes related decay or gum disease, we can restore your beautiful smile with the latest tooth restoration options. Ask us about crowns, dental implants, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and same-day restorations.
Excellence In Dentistry is located at 1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101. Call us at (907) 349-0022 to schedule a consultation. Thanks for visiting the Excellence In Dentistry cosmetic dentistry blog!