Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.

212.279.1232

Get the Facts About Diabetes and Your Dental Health

On the surface, diabetes may not seem to be related to general dentistry. However, people with diabetes actually have an increased risk of developing oral health problems such as gum disease, leading to the need for tooth extractions. If you have diabetes, it’s absolutely vital to speak with your primary dentist about preventative care. Read on to learn more about how diabetes can affect your oral health.

Related Complications

One diabetes-related complication is gum disease. Gum disease occurs when the gums begin to pull away from the teeth. At this stage, the disease is called gingivitis. Over time, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis. Periodontitis is the more serious form of gum disease and can result in pockets between the gums and teeth that fill with germs and pus. Diabetics can have trouble fighting off the bacteria associated with gum disease because their bodies are more susceptible to infections. In addition, periodontitis may have a negative effect on blood glucose control, sending diabetics into a downward spiral.

Gum disease isn’t the only oral health complication that diabetics may face—thrush is also common among those with diabetes. This condition results from a fungus that grows in the mouth and creates painful lesions on the tongue and throat.

Prevention Methods

If you are worried about your risk of contracting gum disease or thrush as a diabetic, there are some preventative measures you can take. First, it’s important to control your blood glucose levels as much as possible. Second, it’s vital that you practice good oral health habits—including brushing, flossing, and going to your dentist for teeth cleaning on a regular basis. Third, it’s imperative that you tell your dentist that you have diabetes and inform him or her of any medications that you are taking.

At Charles M. Marks D.D.S. and Dental Associates, we are dedicated to providing excellent dental care and preventative dentistry in New York. Whether you are looking to set up regular cleaning appointments, need a tooth extraction, or would like more information about preventative care, call our office at (929) 252-9658 to schedule an appointment.

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347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

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