Blood sugar is the complicating factor. Diabetics who control their blood sugar have lower rates of dental problems.
When blood sugar levels rise, the amount of sugars and starches increase in your mouth. These substances combine with the bacteria naturally present to create enamel-eroding plaque. Untreated plaque creates cavities.
Plaque not only causes cavities, it inflames and weakens gum tissue and eventually the bone surrounding teeth.
Untreated gum disease progresses to periodontitis, a more severe infection. Because Atlanta diabetics have a lower resistance to infection, it can be difficult to reverse periodontitis in people with diabetes.
Prevention is always the best medicine, and daily brushing and flossing coupled with regular checkups at Smileology in Niceville and Miramar Beach FL can prevent these complications. People from Destin and Florala AL come to us for all their general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry needs. Schedule a checkup today!