It is understood that regular care is required to ensure tooth and mouth health. But for some individuals with certain health problems, an extra attentive regimen is needed to prevent possible damage. One medical condition that requires such special attention is diabetes. It is possible to prevent diabetic dental damage but first one must understand how diabetes affects teeth and oral health.
One potential oral health issue for diabetics is the possibility of serious gum disease. Why are diabetics more prone to gum disease? Due to poor circulation, diabetics have less blood flow to their gums, which affects the bones holding their teeth. An unfortunate situation occurs when gum disease develops since gum disease causes blood sugar instability. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Symptoms include red, swollen, or bleeding gums.
Another symptom of uncontrolled diabetes is dry mouth due to decreased saliva production, which leads to more cavities. Thirdly, diabetics heal from wounds slower, and this has a negative effect on oral health. If you have any of these symptoms, visit your EDP dentist as soon as you can to get a checkup.
These are only a few examples of how diabetes affects teeth and oral health. Fortunately, EDP Dental Plans include partial cost coverage for specialized treatments that diabetics may need more frequently. At your next dental visit, inform your dentist that you are a diabetic. Your dentist knows how diabetes affects teeth and oral health and can advise you on the best methods of oral hygiene to mitigate or prevent damage to your mouth. If you are newly diagnosed as being diabetic, enrolling in an EDP dental plan now may help you save not only hundreds of dollars, but also your teeth.
If you do not have dental health insurance and would like to explore an affordable alternative, please contact us. With EDP Dental Plan, you will save up to 60% on your dental care —without the inconvenience of claims or paperwork. Call 1.877.327.8376 or register online today!