If you have diabetes, you’re more susceptible to developing oral health problems than one who does not suffer from the disease. Knowing this, our Columbia SC dental center offers assistance through both education and in offering high quality dental work.
Diabetics are most likely aware that the disease harms, among other things: the heart, kidneys, eyes, nerves, and immune system. But, because of that lowered immune system, diabetics also appear more prone to developing periodontal disease (serious gum disease) as well as fungal infections.
One of these infections that occurs in the mouth is called oral candidiasis, or thrush. Signs of thrush include red or white patches that may be sore and can eventually progress into ulcers.
The tongue can also be affected, causing a painful burning sensation along with a difficult time swallowing. Thrush appears more likely to attack among people who also wear dentures, take antibiotics, or who are smokers. Diabetics who have difficulty maintaining their glucose levels also increase this risk.
Clearly, having a lowered immune system puts individuals with diabetes at a disadvantage when it comes to caring for their dental needs. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that maintaining good oral hygiene be an important part of the life of a diabetic.
This includes a good daily schedule of brushing and flossing your teeth, maintaining glucose levels, as well as receiving regular dental check-ups. If you do develop a fungal infection, see your dentist right away to receive the appropriate assistance.
Living with diabetes brings its challenges, including caring for your oral health. At WildeWood Aesthetic Dentistry, we understand not only what assistance you require, but also have the expertise and skills to keep your teeth and gums happy and healthy. Please contact Dr. Griffin and his team at our Columbia SC Dental Center today and ensure that you keep on that all-important road to good oral hygiene.