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By contactus@bohledental.com
August 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health

 

These Are Four Things Your Mouth Can Tell You

I came across this article and found it interesting.  It talks about four oral symptoms that possibly indicate an unlying health problem.  You can find the full article at: 4 Things Your Mouth Can Tell You About Your Health  It goes on to discuss these four symptoms:

  1. If you suddently have a bunch of new cavites.  If you are someone who doesn't often get a new cavity then you go to your dentist and suddenly you are told your have multiple areas of decay.  I am assuming you haven't drastically changed your diet to all Mountain Dew or have new medicines drying out your mouth.  This could indicate the begining of diabetes and you are not handling the sugar in your diet well.  See your physician and get checked out.
  2. Your teeth are wearing away.  It could mean that you have the acid reflux disease, (GERD).  This is also known as "heartburn".  This is when acid from your stomach comes into your mouth.  It is horribly hard on your teeth and over time can start to disolve them away.  Treatments include changing your diet and or medications that reduce the acid.
  3. You have bleeding gums.  This is the sign of inflammed gums, gingivitis or infected gums, periodontal disease.  This is the slippery slope that leads to tooth loss.  Improving your dental home care and seeing your dentist are the first steps to healing.
  4. You see white spots on your tongue.  This can be the sign of a fungal infection or thrush.  It could also indicate more serious issues like diabetes or a depressed immune system.  Pay close attention if you have this and see your dentist or physicain.

If you have any of these issues or just need to see a dentist, call us at 270-442-0256 or click for an appointment.  Visit Bohle Dental for more information about our practice.

By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
January 06, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   diabetes  
DiabeticswithGumDiseaseBenefitfromCoordinatingTreatmentforBoth

If you have periodontal (gum) disease, you probably already know you’re in danger of eventual tooth and bone loss if the infection isn’t brought under control. But if you also have diabetes, the effects from gum disease could extend well beyond your mouth.

Gum disease is a bacterial infection caused by plaque, a film of food remnant that builds up on tooth surfaces mainly due to poor oral hygiene. As the infection grows, your body’s immune system responds by flooding your gum tissues with antibodies to fight it, resulting in inflammation. As the inflammation persists, though, it damages the gum and underlying bone tissue, which in turn leads to gum and bone loss from the teeth.

Diabetes also causes an inflammatory response within the body. The disease develops either as a result of the body’s decreased ability to produce insulin to balance the glucose (sugar) levels in the bloodstream (Type 1) or the body develops a resistance to insulin’s effects (Type 2). As a result diabetics experience abnormally high blood glucose levels, a condition called hyperglycemia. This triggers chronic inflammation that can lead to inhibited wound healing, increased risk of heart, kidney or eye disease, coma or death.

Gum disease can worsen diabetic inflammation, and vice versa. The effects of the oral infection add to the body’s already overloaded response to diabetes. In turn, the immune system is already compromised due to diabetes, which can then increase the severity of the gum disease.

Research and experience, though, have found that pursuing treatment and disease management for either condition has a positive effect on managing the other. Treating gum disease through plaque removal, antibiotic therapy, surgery (if needed) and renewed oral hygiene will diminish the oral infection and reduce the body’s immune response. Caring for diabetes through medication, diet, exercise and lifestyle changes like quitting smoking will in turn contribute to a quicker healing process for infected gum tissues.

Treating gum disease when you have diabetes calls for a coordinated approach on both fronts. By caring for both conditions you’ll have a more positive effect on your overall health.

If you would like more information on the relationship between diabetes and gum disease, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation.