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Dentistry for Diabetics

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Dentistry for Diabetics

Patients with diabetes have an increased risk of getting gum disease and infections, with poor blood sugar control increasing the likelihood of gum problems. Gum disease is often painless and you may not even know you have it until it has already started causing serious damage. The best defense diabetics have against gum disease is regular dental visits.

Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes can cause: burning sensations, overgrowth of gum tissue, abnormal wound healing, tooth decay, periodontal disease, fungal infections, fruity (acetone) breath, dry mouth, and thickness of saliva. These problems are usually related to oral changes that occur in people who have diabetes.

Diabetic Dentistry in Marco Island

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Diabetes is a complex disease with a definite connection between diabetic control and oral infections.
Researchers from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and University of Michigan School of Dentistry analyzed national data on more than 4,300 adults aged 45 to 90 with Type II diabetes. They found that people with poorly controlled diabetes are nearly three times more likely than those with better controlled diabetes to have severe periodontal disease.

Island Tower Dentistry has been successfully treating its diabetic patients for many years and strives to make dental care a safe and uneventful treatment regime for them. Therefore, when you schedule your visit to our office, plan to follow the recommendations included in our “dental procedures” below.

Your Dental Procedure

  • Inform Dr. Van Dyke, Dr. Whelen, and the staff about your diabetes. Also, share any problems with infections or trouble keeping your blood sugar levels under control.
  • Eat before you go to the dental office. The best time for dental work is when your blood sugar level is in a normal range and your diabetes medicine action is low. If you take insulin, a morning visit after a normal breakfast is best.
  • Take your usual medicines before your dental visit, unless one of our dentists or your physician tells you to change your dose for dental treatment. Island Tower Dentistry will consult with your physician to decide about adjustments in your diabetes medicine or to decide if an antibiotic is needed before treatment to prevent infection.
  • Stick to your normal meal plan after your dental treatment. If you can’t chew well, plan beforehand how you will get the calories you need. You may need to eat more soft or liquid foods until you can chew normally.
  • If your diabetes is in poor control, wait to have dental treatment until your blood sugar is in better shape. You will need to consult with your physician, Dr. Van Dyke, and Dr. Whelen.

In order to make your dental treatment routine and relaxed, tell us:

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  • The frequency of your low blood-sugar episodes.
  • The medications used, dosage and frequency.
  • The timing of your last meal prior to the appointment.
  • How often you have glucose testing and your last known level of glycosolated hemoglobin (Hb1ac, with a level higher than 6% indicating poorly controlled diabetes).
  • Ask for shorter appointments rather than longer ones.
  • We have small snacks available in our office to help you control your blood sugar levels if they should drop.
  • Together, we can work as a team to help keep your dental health at its strongest!

Contact Island Tower Dentistry

Dr. Van Dyke, Dr. Whelen, and their qualified team of dental hygienists, dental assistants, and office support staff are ready to assist you with all of your dental needs. To contact Island Tower Dentistry regarding a dental concern or to make an appointment, call 239-394-1004. Our office is conveniently located at 606 Bald Eagle Drive, Suite 200, Marco Island, Florida 34145.



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