Diabetes and Your Mouth

Diabetic Blood MeterWe could be first to know. Don’t let us be the last.

Diabetes affects the blood chemistry and metabolism of its victims, threatening them with multiple serious disorders. But early detection can ward off the dangers, and we dentists are often the first to notice clues.

Diabetics are more likely than others to develop tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, fungal infections, dry mouth, impaired taste, inflammatory skin disease, delayed healing and infections. Many diabetics have to come in for dental checkups more often than everyone else.

How You Can Aid in Prevention

Schedule dental appointments for mid-mornings. If a local anesthetic is needed, ask how long your mouth will feel numb. We may use a shorter-acting anesthetic so you won’t need to postpone a meal.

Don’t chew anything while your mouth is still numb to avoid injury. If necessary, switch to liquids temporarily. We may prescribe an antibiotic to help prevent infection after a procedure. If healing or glucose level problems arise after your appointment, call us or your diabetes healthcare team immediately.

Tell us…

  • If you have diabetes
  • If it’s under control
  • If your medical history has changed in other ways
  • The names of all your prescription and over-the-counter medications

About Binu Thomas, DDS

As the head of a boutique, patient focused practice in the heart of Orangevale, Dr. Binu Thomas has been practicing general dentistry for over 20 years. He graduated in the top of his class at dental school, and took advanced training in preventative pediatric dentistry. Over the years, he has trained under some of the best known cosmetic dentists in the nation. He has further advanced his skills and knowledge in endodontics (root canal), cosmetic dentistry, and oral surgery. His efficient, attentive services lead patients to feel well cared-for, no matter their dental needs. His professional team will show you the respect and attention you deserve from the moment you schedule your first appointment. Dr. Thomas has been married for over 20 years to his beautiful wife Aveena, and they have two wonderful children, Joshua and Ariyana. Dr. Thomas is very involved in his community and helps out at the local church, food closet and more.

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