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If You Have Diabetes, Protecting the Health of Your Smile Supports Overall Well-Being

June 10, 2024

Diabetes is a multifaceted health condition that demands careful attention to both blood sugar levels and overall wellness, including oral health. At Glen W. Hisel, DDS, we understand the intricate relationship between diabetes and oral diseases, and we're here to support our patients in managing these challenges. Our dedicated team is equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to provide exceptional care for those with diabetes.

Diabetes and Its Effects on Oral Health: An In-Depth Look

Diabetes can have a profound impact on your oral health, affecting everything from the immune system's response to the body's ability to heal. High blood sugar levels can lead to a variety of issues, including changes in saliva composition that may reduce its cleansing capabilities and increase the risk of cavities and gum disease. At Glen W. Hisel, DDS, we focus on understanding these changes and how they affect your oral health.

The link between diabetes and periodontal disease is well-documented, with diabetics facing a higher risk of developing gum inflammation and tissue damage. Our dental professionals are trained to recognize the early signs of periodontal issues in patients with diabetes and to provide targeted treatments that can help manage these complications.

Understanding the Dynamic Between Diabetes and Gum Disease

The relationship between diabetes and gum disease is complex, with each condition potentially worsening the other. Poorly managed diabetes can lead to higher levels of bacteria in the mouth, which can, in turn, make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels. At Glen W. Hisel, DDS, we take a proactive approach to managing this dynamic, offering comprehensive care that addresses both conditions.

Our team works closely with your healthcare providers to create a cohesive care plan that considers your diabetes management alongside your oral health needs. We believe in a holistic approach to patient care, where the health of your smile is intrinsically linked to your overall health and well-being.

Additional Oral Health Concerns for Diabetes Sufferers

Diabetics are also at an increased risk for a range of other oral health issues, including chronic dry mouth, which can exacerbate the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, high blood sugar levels can slow down the healing process after dental procedures, making post-treatment care more challenging.

We are vigilant in monitoring our diabetic patients for signs of fungal infections like thrush and conditions such as burning mouth syndrome and oral lesions. Our team is equipped to provide effective treatments for these issues, ensuring that your oral health remains a priority in your diabetes management plan.

Your Oral Health Partner at Glen W. Hisel, DDS

At Glen W. Hisel, DDS, we are committed to being your partner in maintaining optimal oral health, especially when managing diabetes. We offer personalized dental care that includes regular check-ups, preventive treatments, and patient education to empower you to take charge of your oral hygiene at home. Our team is dedicated to working with you to navigate the complexities of diabetes and its impact on your oral health.

We understand that managing diabetes involves a comprehensive approach that includes careful monitoring, lifestyle adjustments, and medical interventions. Our dental professionals are here to support you through every step, offering guidance and care that aligns with your overall health objectives. Let us help you maintain a healthy smile as part of your diabetes management plan.

Existing Patients: (575) 762-3711

New Patients: (575) 329-8320