Diabetes & Your Oral Health

Diabetes & Your Oral HealthStudies on the oral-body connection have shown how oral and physical health are directly connected. Millions of Americans have diabetes which can compromise their oral health. Diabetes can affect the body’s natural ability to fight off infections causing patients to be more likely to develop gum disease, fungal infections, or dry mouth. Dr. Brenda Paulen focuses her oral care on the holistic treatment of her patients. Dr. Paulen takes into consideration her patient’s medical and oral health history in order to effectively offer conservative and comprehensive oral care.

Oral Health Concerns & Diabetes

Thrush: A fungal infection of the soft tissues in the oral cavity

  • Why Does Thrush Affect Patients With Diabetes? Patients with diabetes tend to have higher levels of glucose in their saliva. Fungus thrives in this moist, wet and sugary environment.
  • How Do I Know If I Have Thrush? Red and white patches on the cheeks are the most common signs of thrash. Untreated, the patches can become tender and develop into ulcers. Thrush may cause a burning sensation or swelling in the mouth and could impact the ability to chew or swallow.
  • What Treatments are Possible For Thrush? Anti-fungal mouthwashes can help clear up thrush. If patients are diagnosed with thrush, Dr. Paulen will recommend appropriate treatment and will encourage a more diligent daily oral health routine.

Periodontal Disease: A progressive bacterial infection Of Gums

  • Why Does Periodontal Disease Affect Patients With Diabetes? Diabetes decreases the body’s ability to fight bacteria allowing periodontal disease causing bacteria to develop in the gums.
  • How Do I Know If I Have Periodontal Disease? If you notice swelling, tenderness or frequent bleeding of your gums, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paulen. Other symptoms of advanced gum disease are receding gums, loosening or shifting of teeth or even tooth loss.
  • What Treatments are Possible For Periodontal Disease? Periodontal disease is an advanced dental health concern that requires the care of dentist. Depending on the stage of gum disease, Dr. Paulen will help build a personal treatment plan to reduce the effects of gum disease. Untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, heart disease, and even bone deterioration.

Tooth Decay: Build of plaque and tartar cause cavities or tooth decay

  • Why Does Tooth Decay Affect Patients With Diabetes? Patients with diabetes are prone to experience dry mouth. Dry mouth is a common factor for increased rates of tooth decay. When the body does not make enough saliva, the oral cavity dries out and can not effectively remove plaque build up.
  • How Do I Know If I Have Tooth Decay: If you experience tenderness or discomfort in a tooth you may be experiencing tooth decay.
  • What Treatments are Possible For Tooth Decay: Depending on how advanced your tooth decay is, Dr. Paulen offers treatments such as root canals, tooth extractions, and dental fillings.

Schedule Your Dental Exam Sandy Springs, GA

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