PLANTATION, FL--(Marketwired - November 14, 2016) - Every 23 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes, joining the more than 29 million people, or 1 in every 11 Americans, who have it. Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. :Dentalplans sheds light on the importance of good oral health during November's American Diabetes Month -- a time to raise awareness about the disease and how to best live well with it.
One's oral health plays a significant role in managing diabetes. People with diabetes have a heightened susceptibility to bacterial infections and a decreased ability to combat oral bacteria. This is due to the thickening of blood vessels, which reduces their efficiency in cleaning out waste products and delivering nourishment and oxygen to body tissues, including the gums.
"Maintaining good oral health is critical for people with diabetes," said Bill Chase, vice president of marketing for :DentalPlans. "Medical research has shown that diabetes raises a person's risk for severe dental infections along with tooth loss. New research also indicates that dental disease may make it difficult to maintain proper glucose levels, contributing to the progression of the disease."
Dental Care for People with Diabetes
If blood glucose levels are well-controlled, the risk of serious oral health complications is similar to people without diabetes. However, many people will experience gingivitis (the mildest form of gum disease) during some point in their lives, while half of the American adult population will suffer from periodontitis (the severe form of gum disease), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Bacterial plaque is the primary cause of 90% of all dental disease, from decay to oral infections. A person with diabetes has a lowered resistance to bacterial infection, and combined with plaque can result in very aggressive forms of gum disease. Dentists and dental hygienists can develop an oral health plan for people with diabetes, focused on keeping bacterial plaque in check and addressing any infections early on -- when they can be more easily controlled.
Consistent dental care is critical for maintaining optimum health when living with diabetes. If regular care is difficult due to budget concerns one can consider joining a dental savings plan.
Dental savings plans are an affordable alternative to dental insurance, providing plan members with discounts on most dental services. Most plans available on dentalplans.com offer savings of 10%-60% on dental care.
To help ensure that everyone has affordable access to professional dental care, :DentalPlans is offering 15% off any dental savings plan on dentalplans.com through the month of December. To take advantage of the discount, simply use the promo code "PRDENTAL" when joining a plan.
:DentalPlans, founded in 1999, is a leading dental and health savings marketplace in the U.S., helping more than a million people to affordably access quality healthcare services. Our mission is to empower consumers with the tools, information, and services that they need to live happier, healthier lives. For more information, visit us at www.dentalplans.com and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube. For recent news follow us on Twitter (@DentalPlansPR).