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Diabetes & Oral Health: What Your Dentist Sees

Posted on March 27th, 2021

Augusta dentist, Dr. Bullard of Bullard Dental, discusses the side effects of diabetes and how it affects your oral health.It’s no secret that diabetes is a health condition that must be treated because of the problems it can cause throughout the body—including your mouth.  Almost 26 million children and adults in the U.S.  suffer from diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Augusta dentist, Dr. Bullard wants you to know the side effects diabetes can have on oral health. 

When diabetics experience high glucose levels, those elevated sugars can help bacteria thrive, which causes major problems for their teeth.  Because of the risks, it’s important for diabetics to take especially good care of their teeth. Some diabetics have chronic inflammation and infections in their mouths or other special oral care needs.  

Common dental conditions associated with diabetes include tooth decay, gum disease, saliva gland dysfunction, infections, and delayed healing.  If you are diabetic, it is paramount that you share that information with your dentist.

Diabetics, like all other people, should be vigilant about regular brushing and flossing habits. In addition, they need to:

  • Watch for signs or symptoms of oral disease and report them to their dentist
  • Visit Bullard Dental regularly and remind them of your diabetes each visit
  • Maintain your blood glucose at normal levels whenever possible 

Some dental symptoms of diabetes to look out for are:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Pus between the teeth when the gums are pressed
  • Consistent bad breath or taste in the mouth
  • Dry mouth
  • A bite that feels different
  • Oral candidiasis (thrush)
  • Poor healing

If you have concerns about diabetes, contact us today to make an appointment and visit this American Diabetes Association FAQ. We are here to help!

 

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Written by Dr. Bullard

Dr. Bullard graduated cum laude from Augusta State University with a business administration and management degree. He served as vice president of his dental class at the Medical College of Georgia where he attained his DMD degree. Rather than entering into private practice directly after dental school, he furthered his education by completing a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center here in Augusta. Here he enriched his skills in diagnosis and treatment planning, endodontics, oral surgery, dental implants, and cosmetic dental procedures. Dr. Bullard is currently an Associate Fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He is also in the process of attaining Diplomate Status in the American Board of Implant Dentistry. Diplomate Status in the ABOI is an internationally recognized achievement that involves hundreds of hours of dental implant training and multiple written and oral exams. Dr. Bullard is an active member of the Georgia Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Augusta Dental Society.

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