Building a better smile includes always being aware of all issues that can arise with recovery and treatments. Your recovery and your treatments could easily be handled by locating underlying conditions or issues that our dentists may not be previously aware of. For example, if you are suffering from diabetes, it can play a key role in your body’s ability to process sugar and even affect how oral health care treatments work. Because of this, it is important to let our dentists know if you are suffering from diabetes.
If you have diabetes, do not worry, as you are not alone. Nearly 10 percent of the US population suffers from diabetes as well. Our dentists will have specific treatment plans in place to ensure that you can receive the oral health care you need if you are suffering from diabetes.
If diabetes is present in your life, it can lead to a downturn in your oral health. Beyond issues associated with poor oral health care and complications that may arise, it can even delay recovery time. This includes if you have suffered an oral accident or have had an oral health care procedure done recently. Recovery time may be slowed because of the presence of diabetes. Furthermore, diabetes can cause your mouth to produce less saliva. Saliva is essential for making sure your smile can continue to thrive if debris and plaque are present in your mouth. This is because saliva can produce disease-fighting substances and can even help neutralize acids in your mouth. Because diabetes can cause a downturn in saliva production, it can lead to dry mouth conditions which makes you more susceptible to oral health risks such as gum disease. Unfortunately, gum disease can also increase your blood sugar levels, which in turn, can lead to risks associated with your diabetes.
Are there any remaining questions you have about diabetes and its effect on your smile? To improve your smile with the proper care, you are welcome to schedule a visit to our dentists in Kansas City, Kansas. Drs. Galvin and Thomas and our team at Westwood Dental would love to bring you in for an oral exam and make teeth and gums as good as new! To contact us, please call our office at 913-432-0765.