Diabetes and Dental Health
Feb 27, 2015 01:49AM
Let’s get on the right track to good health. March 24 marks the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Alert Day. They have developed the Diabetes Risk Test to help people find out if they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. To take the test, visit Diabetes.org. A proper diagnosis of diabetes is also important to dentists, as patients with this disease are prone to having periodontal disease. Patients with periodontal disease are three times as likely to have heart disease and twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease.
This gum disease affects the mouth in several ways. The gums may be swollen or tender and may even bleed when the patient brushes their teeth. It can also cause chronic bad breath or leave a bad taste in the mouth. Some patients even find their teeth spreading apart or becoming loose.
It is important to make an appointment to see a dentist if any of these symptoms are already present. This does not mean the patient has diabetes. However, the dentist can help get the patient on the right track to good oral health, regardless of the cause. Remember, a beautiful smile starts with healthy teeth. To help lower the risk of getting diabetes (and maintaining a healthy lifestyle worth smiling about) it’s best to maintain a healthy weight, eat well and stay active.
Dr. Terry Victor, DDS, is a dentist in Washington, D.C., providing holistic, biological and eco-friendly general restorative and cosmetic dentistry. For more information, visit TheDCDentist.com.