Lafayette, LA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/19/2014 -- Diabetes is not a condition that can be reversed. Because of this, diabetics have to take special steps in order to stay healthy and to avoid oral diseases such as periodontitis (gum disease). Being diabetic puts an individual at a greater risk of developing oral health problems. Regular visits with Dr. Ken LeBlanc can help to minimize these risks.
Dr. LeBlanc explains, "Diabetes is a chronic disease which affects your body's ability to process sugar. The resulting high blood sugar negatively affects your eyes, nerves, organs and your gums and teeth. Diabetics often suffer from diminished saliva production, which can hinder the cleansing of bacteria from the mouth."
Gum disease can be a major problem for diabetics as research shows that diabetes increases the likelihood of gum disease. As a result of lowered resistance, diabetics with gum disease are more likely to incur infections, slowing down their healing time. This is because blood sugar is hard to control, especially if the patient has an infection. Treating gum disease in people with diabetes can therefore help improve blood sugar control.
Diabetics are also susceptible to fungal infections that result in painful sores in the mouth, making swallowing difficult. A dentist should be consulted immediately if a fungal infection develops.
In the event that a diabetic requires substantial oral surgery, the dentist will probably prescribe antibiotics to ward off infections. It is important for the blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels to be kept under control before, during and after the surgery.
Additionally, good care must be taken care of the teeth and overall health. Professional cleanings at the dental office can help control the progression of gum disease and other oral health problems. The dentist may also recommend more frequent evaluations and preventive procedures to maintain good oral health.
"Patients who are smokers should quit smoking as soon as possible," advises Dr. LeBlanc, "There are numerous support groups available to help them kick the habit. A well-known support group can be reached at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)."
About Dr. LeBlanc
Dr. LeBlanc has taken hundreds of hours of Continuing Education courses in all areas of dentistry.
To make an appointment with Dr. LeBlanc, call 337-406-9994.