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 on the body. These damaging effects include threats to your oral that can greatly influence your orthodontic treatment.
Diabetes and Periodontal (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, periodontal disease (gum disease) is an inflammatory condition affecting the soft tissues and bone surrounding the teeth. It is often caused by a buildup of bacteria infecting the gums and other tissues. Regular brushing and flossing can remove most of those bacteria helping to prevent periodontal disease. While diabetes can increase the chances of getting gum disease, it can also be affected and made worse by the inflammation of periodontal disease. Gum disease in those with diabetes raise their risk for developing things like kidney disease, heart disease and stroke.
Diabetes and Orthodontics
Periodontal disease puts added stress on the gums, which can complicate orthodontic treatment. Braces can cause stress to inflated 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 don’t judge, we’re here to help.
- Maintain your diabetes by eating healthy and staying active.
- Try to brush after every meal or twice daily at the minimum.
- Floss at least once each day,
- Avoid smoking
Dr. Carlyn Phucas and our experienced staff here at Carlyn Phucas Orthodontics will conduct a thorough evaluation of your teeth to determine if treatment should be stopped or other another form of action needs to be taken. Gum disease is best fought when caught early so don’t wait until things get worse. We’re here to help!