This Diabetes Awareness Month, we would like to talk about diabetes in Miami, FL and how it relates to your oral health. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you are well aware of the adverse effects it can have on your kidneys, heart, nerves, and eyes. Research has also shown that there is a correlation between diabetes and periodontal disease (gum disease).

 How Are Diabetes and Periodontal Disease Related?

 Periodontal disease is one of the many complications associated with diabetes. While no direct link has been found, research has shown that there is a strong association between the two. This is mostly due to uncontrolled glucose levels. When diabetes is not properly managed, glucose levels in saliva increase. This results in plaque formation that eventually causes gum complications.

 What Are Some Common Oral Health Issues Related to Diabetes?

There are several kinds of periodontal diseases and other problems that have a correlation with diabetes, including:

Gingivitis - gum inflammation

·         Periodontitis - mild to severe gum disease

·         Candidiasis - fungus growth in the mouth

·         Oral Burning - caused by high glucose levels

·         Dry Mouth - lack of saliva, causes tooth decay

 How Do I Know If I Need Treatment?

Keep track of your mouth and see of there are any signs pointing to periodontal disease. The signs that tend to show up first are gums that are tender, swollen, or bleeding. Even if you do not have any noticeable signs, it is always a good idea to see a dentist two times per year for a checkup. Any issues will be detected, diagnosed, and treated properly by Dr. Bradley Ross.

 Get a Check Up

Maybe it has been awhile since you have last seen a dentist. To keep an eye on your risk of developing gum disease, make an appointment and keep your oral health in check.