Although diabetes has become a fairly common disease in most recent years, it is still very serious and should be managed properly to avoid damaging effects to the body. These damaging effects include threats to your oral health that can greatly influence your orthodontic treatment.
Diabetes and Gum Disease
The connection between diabetes and periodontal disease is closer than most people think. Did you know that those with diabetes are two times more likely to develop gum disease? For this reason, it is important for people with diabetes to understand its effects and practice good oral hygiene before, during and after orthodontic treatment.
Simply put, gum disease (periodontal disease) is an infection of the tissues that hold the teeth in place. It is caused by a buildup of bacteria not removed with regular brushing and flossing. While diabetes can increase the chances of getting gum disease, it can also be affected by gum disease itself. Gum disease may raise blood sugar levels in people with or without diabetes.
Diabetes and Orthodontics
Periodontal disease puts added stress on the gums, which can complicate orthodontic treatment. Braces also cause stress on the gums due to the movement of teeth. In some cases, orthodontic treatment may have to end early due to gum disease. If you or someone you know is undergoing treatment with diabetes, consider the following tips:
- Inform our staff. We’re here to help.
- Manage your diabetes by eating healthy, staying active and follow your doctor’s recommendation regarding insulin.
- Try to brush after every meal or twice daily at a minimum.
- Floss at least once each day.
- Avoid smoking.
Signs and Symptoms
Contact our office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible if you suspect possible gum disease during orthodontic treatment, or if you experience any of the following:
- A difference in your bite
- Sensitive teeth from receding gums
- Gums that are red, swollen or tender
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
Dr. Zohreh Rasouli will conduct a thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums to determine if treatment should be stopped or if any changes need to be made. Gum disease is best fought when caught early so don’t wait until things get worse. Contact us to schedule an appointment. We’re here to help!