ThinkstockPhotos-122407402Studies on the body-mouth connection have shown how oral and physical health should be viewed holistically in order to offer patients the best possible dental care. With millions of Americans suffering from diabetes, it is important to know the effects it may have on your oral health.

Diabetes commonly decreases the body’s ability to fight infection, making patients more susceptible to gum disease, fungal infections, or dry mouth. Woodbridge, VA dentist Dr. Joseph Cavallo is highly educated and experienced in treating the oral health concerns associated with diabetes.

Oral Health Concerns Associated with Diabetes

Periodontal Disease: Bacterial infection of the gums and bone
Diabetes may make it difficult for your body to fight off bad bacteria. It can decrease your ability to keep oral bacteria in check.

Be sure to check your gums for bleeding, swelling, or tenderness, persistent bad breath or pus in your mouth. If your gums are receding or you have noticed your teeth loosening or shifting, you may have periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is a complex and serious oral health concern that may require professional dental care. Advanced periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and even bone deterioration.

Thrush: fungal infection of the tongue and gums
Diabetes could increase the glucose levels in your saliva. Fungus can thrive in this environment.

Check your tongue and inside your cheeks for white or red patches. The patches may be tender and can develop into ulcers if they go untreated. Thrush can cause burning or swelling in your mouth and may impact your ability to swallow.

Dr. Cavallo may prescribe an anti-fungal mouthwash and will encourage diligent daily oral health routine. Proper, twice daily brushing and flossing are critical in keeping oral fungus in check.

Tooth Decay: Build of plaque and tartar may begin erode the tooth
Tooth decay rates tend to be higher in patients with diabetes. Diabetes often decreases the body’s natural saliva production and increases glucose in the saliva. Saliva is your mouth’s natural way of washing out debris and cleaning your teeth. Patients with dry mouth tend to experience higher rates of tooth decay.

Tenderness and sensitivity of a tooth may be signs you are experiencing tooth decay. Dr. Cavallo offers root canals and dental fillings.

Schedule Routine Dental Exam Woodbridge, VA

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, schedule an appointment at our Woodbridge dental office. Regular check ups and dental cleanings can help your body fight off bacteria and keep your smile bright and healthy.

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