There is a higher risk of gum disease in people who have diabetes. High sugar levels, especially uncontrolled sugar levels, can wreak havoc on your gums and teeth. Many diabetics are unaware of the severity of this issue. Dr. John Patterson of Chandler, AZ has experience in providing professional dental care to his diabetic patients. If you are unaware of the risks associated with diabetes and periodontal disease, you need to take a moment to learn how diabetes affects your dental care.

Any health issues in your mouth affect your entire being. Bacterial infection under the gums can trigger inflammation. Inflammation can affect blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity. If your gums are becoming more sensitive, you need to make a dental appointment as soon as possible.

  • There are no early symptoms of periodontal disease. If you notice that your gums are bleeding, swollen or that you have a loose tooth, the damage has already happened. This is why it is important, especially if you are diabetic to keep your dental appointments.
  • If your blood sugar is not controlled, you will need to see your dentist more often. If it is controlled, make sure you see your dentist every six months. Also, keep in mind, that dentists are less likely to schedule procedures if your blood sugar is out of control.
  • Keeping your regular dental checkups is a lot more affordable than skipping your routine visit. The reasoning is that routine dental care prevents complications that can cost you much more money.
  • Schedule your dental appointment in the morning when your blood sugar is at its best and glucose is usually more stabilized then.

If you are diabetic, and you have been neglecting your dental checkups, give Patterson Dental of Chandler, Arizona a call today. We can educate you on how diabetes affects your dental care, and help you get back on track to a brighter and healthier smile! (480) 280-6170