As part of our ongoing commitment to our patients we have recently introduced a new health screen at Diana Dental and as part of this screen we check your blood glucose levels.
If you have type one or type two Diabetes then dental problems can be more common so it is essential that we are informed if you have this on your medical history forms to help you to prevent dental complications developing. It might mean that we recommend seeing you more regularly.
If you have poor control over your blood glucose levels then you are more likely to develop dental problems so keeping you blood sugar within a normal range will reduce the risk. Having prolonged high blood glucose levels can increase the risk of gum disease, and it developing and worsening more quickly- this can lead to tooth loss.
Symptoms to look out for are sore or swollen gums; bleeding gums; receding gums; loose teeth and bad breath- if you have any of these please book to see us immediately. If you experience any of these symptoms it might affect you ability to eat a balanced diet which will then have a knock on effect too.
If you take medication then please book your dental appointments around this to fit in with your regime and ensure you bring any medication with you to your appointments. High blood sugar levels can also affect your bodies healing, so if you needed a tooth extraction the healing afterwards could take much longer if your blood sugar is not controlled.
We hope this has helped you to understand the importance of managing your general health and the effect that this has on your oral health too- on our next blog we will be exploring other health issues and their link to your oral health too!