by Angi Ingalls
PCOS in ConnecTion
“..patients that deal with insulin issues have more worries when it comes to teeth and gums.”
I spent the last week with severe mouth pain and four sleepless nights. It made me angry that I hadn’t been able to afford proper dental care previously. I have gone years without dental insurance, and even though I still don’t have any I have had to fork out a hefty fee to get x-rays and repair just one tooth. This recent bout and the estimated cost of the 6 more teeth I need repaired is going to cost me more than my thyroid surgery which I still have yet to pay off.
It is now that I wished I would have found the money to go to the dentist for my regular checkups. For diabetics, it’s encouraged to go four times a year rather then twice. A cleaning is much cheaper than the end result – tooth decay, infections, gum disease, root canals, bridge work or even dentures! Oh, I almost forgot, PAIN!
Unfortunately, patients that deal with insulin issues have more worries when it comes to teeth and gums. What else is new, right?
What I didn’t realize was that the bacteria and fungus in our mouth thrive on sugars, not just the sugars in our foods but what we produce in our saliva as well. Because many of us have an impaired immune system it is harder fighting off bacteria and fungus thus putting us at higher risk for periodontal diseases and the breakdown of teeth. I also learned that dry mouth risk, which leads to ulcers, infections and tooth decay, is also increased in diabetics/prediabetics because saliva flow has usually decreased.
I definitely encourage everyone to make an appointment with their dentist every three months. It can save money, pain, sleepless nights, and most importantly – your teeth and gums!
Angi Ingalls; PCOS in ConnecTion
Guest PCOS writer
Educator for over 18 years
Diagnosed in 1985 at 12, living with PCOS since 1981
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