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While regular tooth decay examinations in Fort Myers, Florida, are essential for everyone, they are especially important for diabetics. In fact, dentists may recommend more frequent examinations in those with long-standing or poorly-controlled diabetes. Here are some reasons your dentist may recommend more frequent dental appointments.

Dental Decay

People with high levels of serum glucose may be more likely to develop dental decay. They may also be at a heightened risk for developing severe tooth infections known as abscesses. An abscessed tooth needs to be treated as soon as possible. If treatment is delayed, the abscess infection may spread to other parts of the body. In some cases, the dentist may be unable to save an abscessed tooth, and because of this, it may require extraction.

Periodontal Disease

Another reason diabetics may need more frequent tooth decay examinations in Fort Myers, Florida, is because they may be predisposed to developing periodontal disease, which can raise tooth decay risk.

In addition to periodontal disease, diabetes can also raise your risk for oral yeast infections. Your dentist will need to examine your oral cavity regularly so that yeast infections can be recognized and treated early on. If you develop severe periodontal disease as a result of diabetes, your dentist may refer you to a periodontist, who is a dentist specializing in the treatment of gum disease.

To make a dental appointment, call the office of Deborah Ruddell D.D.S., P.A. or visit the website at ruddelldental.com.