According to Diabetes Canada, the estimated prevalence of diabetes in the country in 2015 is 3.4 million or 9.3 percent. This figure is set to reach 5 million or 12.1 percent by 2025.
Diabetes can affect anyone across ages and from all walks of life. When someone has diabetes, their ability to process sugar is impaired. Their blood glucose or blood sugar goes beyond normal levels. Blood glucose powers the body and it comes from the food we eat.
A hormone called insulin helps sugar reach our cells. When there is not enough insulin, glucose also doesn’t get delivered to our cells. This, in turn, can cause health issues.
What Happens if Diabetes Goes Untreated?
When you have diabetes, you may also experience reduced saliva and dry mouth. Saliva helps keep your teeth moist, break down food, and wash away food debris on your teeth. With less saliva, you may also be more vulnerable to developing cavities and infections.
Diabetes can also make people more susceptible to gum disease. This can be due to impaired blood sugar control, the increase in bacteria in your mouth and decreased ability to fight them. And when you have periodontal disease, this can also cause your diabetes to progress.
Preventing Oral Health Problems if You Have Diabetes
Taking good care of your health is crucial to prevent diabetes from advancing and keep oral health problems at bay. Here are things you can do.
Letting Your Dentist Know About Your Diabetes
Preventing oral health problems when you have diabetes involves teamwork between you and your dental team. If you have diabetes, don’t be shy about letting your dentist and hygienist know. You will have special needs and your dental team needs to be able to accommodate them.
If you feel any changes in your condition, or should your doctor advise you of any issues, always update your dentist. If you have dental procedures scheduled, they may have to be postponed if there are issues with your blood glucose levels.
Rundle Dental offers complete care for kids to adults. And if you have diabetes, we would love to work with you to ensure you can continue to keep your smile and body healthy.