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How Diabetes can Affect your Dental and Vision Health

How Diabetes can Affect your Dental and Vision Health

People living with diabetes are at higher risk for developing eye and dental complications compared to people without diabetes. Most of these complications can be easily treated and managed with regular check-ups.

Vision

People living with diabetes are at higher risk for:

  • Glaucoma – 40% more likely to develop glaucoma compared to non-diabetics. The risk of glaucoma increases with age and length of diagnosis.
  • Cataracts – 60% more likely to develop cataracts compared to non-diabetics. Diabetics are also more likely to develop cataracts at a younger age and have ti develop at a faster rate compared to non-diabetics.

Ways to avoid eye complications

  • Annual Eye Exams
  • Controlling your blood sugar
  • Controlling your blood pressure
  • Do not smoke
  • Monitor for symptoms
    • Blurry, double vision and seeing spots
    • Difficulty reading books or signs
    • Pain, pressure, and redness in eyes
    • Decreased peripheral vision

Dental

Glucose, also known as sugar, is present in your saliva. When your diabetes is not controlled, high glucose levels in your saliva help harmful bacteria grow. This bacteria combined with food (especially foods containing sugar/starch) can form a soft, sticky film – plaque.

Plaque can cause:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Cavities
  • Gum Disease
  • Bad Breath

Some other common dental complications people living with diabetes are at higher risk for include:

  • Gingivitis
  • Gum Disease
  • Thrush
  • Dry Mouth
  • Oral Burning

Ways to avoid dental complications

  • Bi-annual Dental Exams
  • Controlling your blood sugar
  • Do not smoke
  • Monitor for symptoms like
    • Red, swollen, and bleeding gums
    • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
    • Permanent teeth that are loose or moving away from one another
    • Bad breath that won’t go away
    • Mouth sores or infections
    • Dry mouth often

Most of these complications can be easily treated and managed with regular check-ups. MidAmerica Dental and Vision staff will be onsite at WellHealth Worx providing routine and preventative care services 9.22.20. Appointments start at 6am.

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