Pella Family Dentist Discusses Diabetes and Oral Health

As November continues rolling on, the smell of oven-roasted turkeys and the sounds of holiday music will soon arrive. November also brings about American Diabetes Month. Many people remain unaware that diabetic patients experience increased oral health risks over the general population. Your Pella family dentist, Dr. Jeffrey F. Allen, discusses American Diabetes Month and oral care for diabetic patients.

Diabetes and Oral Health

A close link exists between diabetes and oral health. Diabetic patients often suffer from an increased risk of developing periodontal disease. Even though diabetic and oral health education exist targeting diabetic patients, many diabetics still do not visit their dentist regularly. Diabetes affects a vast number of Americans. Currently, over 26 million children and adults suffer from diabetes of some form. Studies also indicate that as many as 79 million people show signs that they could develop type-2 diabetes or show prediabetic symptoms. Diabetes can result in serious overall health problems. The rate of cardiovascular disease and kidney failure all increase in patients with type-2 diabetes.

Gum Disease and Diabetes

Studies indicate that periodontal issues and gum disease affect diabetic patients 25% more than the general population. The primary cause of tooth loss among American adults is gum disease. The prevalence of gum disease in America today shocks most people. Currently, roughly 80% of adults will suffer from gum disease during their life at some point. Maintaining six-month dental checkups can provide patients with an opportunity to discuss their dental hygiene regimens with our dental hygienists and team members.
Many people at risk for developing type-2 diabetes also engage in poor nutritional habits which can contribute to the development of gum disease. Some studies indicate that you can cut your risk of developing gum disease by up to 60% simply by using an ADA-approved mouthwash twice each day. We can diagnose gum disease in our office at regular visits for diabetic patients and patients unaffected by diabetes. The dental hygienists at our 50219 dentist office will measure your pocket depth and discuss the best home-care routine for your mouth.

Schedule Your Visit with Pella Family Dentist

Dr. Jeffrey Allen provides comfortable dental care to patients of all ages. Call (641) 628-1121 today to schedule a checkup and cleaning, cosmetic consultation, or second-opinion visit. We are located on the west side of the historic town square in Pella, IA. Please see the map for directions.
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