Diabetes

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by high blood sugar (glucose), which may be due to improper cellular response to glucose, inadequate glucose production, or a combination thereof. There is more than one type of diabetes.

  • Approximately 10% of all diabetes cases are Type I and usually develop before a person is 40 years old.
  • Type II accounts for 90% of all cases.
  • Obese individuals, particularly those with belly fat, have an elevated risk of Type II diabetes.

How diabetes is related to the mouth?

  • Diabetes, if not well managed, increases infection risk and slows healing after dental surgeries
  • Dry mouth is a side effect of some medications. Because saliva is important for flushing out acids and germs, this increases the risk of cavities, infections, ulcers, and soreness.
  • Individuals with diabetes are more likely to develop a type of oral fungal infection known as thrush.
  • Diabetes diminishes the immune system’s ability to fight infection.
  • Severe gum disease may increase glucose levels.
  • Individuals with Type II diabetes that is not treated and controlled have a greater risk of developing periodontal disease.
  • Many doctors consider periodontal disease to be the sixth complication of diabetes.

Family History Link

One inherits a predisposition to diabetes, which is then triggered by environmental factors. In most Type I cases, people need to inherit risk factors from both parents. The family history has a stronger link in Type II cases; however, there is also a genetic factor in obesity, making it difficult to determine if the genetic link or lifestyle factors are responsible for Type II diabetes.

Our Dental Savings Plans

Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry believes that everyone should have access to high-quality dental care and that financial constraints or insurance status shouldn’t stand in the way for anyone to receive such care. That’s why we have introduced Dental Savings Plans as we don’t want you to compromise on your dental health. We have two plans – Standard and Wellness - offered at an annual membership fee of $429 and $729 respectively.

Membership will entitle you to a host of benefits including free and discounted treatments with a focus on your overall health.

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