Posts for tag: Diabetes
Diabetes affects 30 million Americans each year. These people experience many complications that stem from their diabetes. Lots of them are commonly known, while others are not as frequently discussed.
One complication that is not as commonly discussed is the increased chance to develop gum disease. However, gum disease should be discusses in the same breath as heart conditions, stroke, and kidney disease when talking about the side effects of diabetes. The interesting part about gum disease and diabetes is that they work to develop one another. The reason for this, is that if your gum disease becomes serious enough, it can affect how your body controls your blood glucose levels.
Below is a list of reasons why people with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease:
- Diabetes lowers your ability to fight off disease and illness.
- Diabetes restricts your blood flow to areas of your body, including your gums.
- Diabetes raises the amount of sugar in your mouth.
If you have diabetes, it is especially important to brush and floss properly. You should also not neglect your dental checkups.
We know, everyone wants to have a smile they can take pride in. Sadly, not everyone has perfect teeth and have been told alternatives are out of reach. However, there may be hope for you with dental implants! Dental implants give people a great set of teeth and beautiful smile. Dr. Florian has some information for you to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants or not!
The first thing to consider when thinking about dental implants are your gums and jaw bone. If your gums and jaw bone are not healthy enough to undergo the procedure, you will be unable to have dental implants. The best way to determine the health of your gums and jaw bone is to consult your periodontist. If it is found that your gums and jaw bone are healthy enough, you are more than likely a candidate for dental implants. However, below is a list of people who may not be suited:
- Those who are still growing, or minors.
- Women who are pregnant.
- Those who are heavy smokers.
- Those who have diseases like diabetes, heart conditions, immune deficiencies, and more!
If you are a candidate, and choose to undergo implant therapy, your procedure will be performed by an oral surgeon - like a periodontist, who will work with your dentist. Initially, your dentist or his staff will do x-rays and other evaluations in order to determine the best course of action.
After this step, your oral surgeon will place the implants and the healing process will begin. After you implants have healed enough, your new teeth will be placed. The process of receiving dental implants can take six months or more for proper healing and to ensure the procedure was a success. It is important to brush, floss, and use mouthwash in order to maintain proper oral health.
At Royalton Dental Associates in North Royalton, OH, we know that your dental health and wellness is important to your general health. Conditions such as dry mouth could be the result of other, more significant, health matters. It is important to recognize what creates this condition so it can be cared for suitably.
What are things that lead to dry mouth?
Dry mouth is the outcome of reduced or poor salivary flow, but what causes this to occur? The usual suspects for poor salivary flow are anemia, damage to nerves, medicines, diabetes, chemotherapy, dehydration, smoking cigarettes, caffeine consumption and additional numerous conditions and health disorders.
Any of the aforementioned might result in dry mouth, however, the use of medication is number one. Listed below is a list of medicines that can bring about the complication:
- Pain relievers
- Blood Pressure medications
- Allergy meds (antihistamines-allergies might be tough to get away from in North Royalton)
Part 3 of our Dry Mouth series will be out soon on our blog, please stay tuned!