Oral Care

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2014-08-10 15:11:18 -0500
Started 2013-12-18 19:49:03 -0600

I had to find a new dentist.. The Dentist talked about diabetes and how important it is to maintain good oral care etc etc…Then we talked about cleaning. That I will need to have a deep cleaning (scaling). And a regular cleaning would be a waste of time. The Dentist states my A1C must be under 10.0. because of possible infection. At this time A1C is over that number. I know it will take 3 months before I can test again and hopefully be under 10.0. I feel anxiety that cleaning can't get started right away, one side is done at time.. I have really good teeth and had T2 diabetes for over 30yrs. I have had this type of dental cleaning done in past with no problem. Its really hard for me to stay discipline and manage my diabetes. Know that my diabetes is affecting how my oral care is done. I'm feeling upset about the whole situation. I'm currently taking insulin and working closely with my Doctor, by the way he agree with the Dentist. I don't want to blow- off my dental care. I know must get my A1C down. I feel overwhelmed.

10 replies

LauraS 2013-12-19 09:52:17 -0600 Report

I've had type 2 for a few years and always told the dentist I had diabetes, no dentist ever asked me what my A1c was. I've had a tooth pulled, had a cleaning and had a root canal. I didn't get an infection and anyway the dentist gives you antibiotics to help prevent infection. I've also had a deep cleaning in the past and not for nothing but a lot of people think it's a total scam. Sometimes life is stressful and it's hard to control your blood sugar because of illness or stress. Stay focused and don't beat yourself up too much.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-19 09:23:33 -0600 Report

Reputable dentist will not touch you if your A1C is too high. You have to be lower than 10 to get even a cleaning or a tooth pulled. My A1C is 6.5 because I stay disiplined. If you want dental care or even need sugery it will not be done unless your A1C is low enough. This is why diabetics have to be responsible enough with control and discipline to stay healthy and be able to have medical procedures done in a timely manner.

dagger1234 2013-12-18 19:55:10 -0600 Report

I didn't even know that diabetes had to do with oral care too! Wow! There is a lot I need to learn about still!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-19 09:28:23 -0600 Report

Dagger I learned a lesson. I went to a dentist and told her I was diabetic and she said it didn't matter what my A1C was she could do the work. I knew she wasn't telling the truth and I knew that if she touched me there would be a problem. I got up and left. If the dentist doesn't have a discussion with you about your diabetes and ask for your A1C, run out of the office. You also have to have vision checks and you also have to tell the doctor you are diabetic and what your A1C is.

I had scheduled an appointment with an opthamologist. The appointment was a week after I was diagnosed. My doctor told me not to get new glasses until my diabetes was under control because your vision can change. Turned out I didn't need new glasses until a year later.

debbiedo89 2014-01-01 18:33:30 -0600 Report

I'm currently trying to find ways to stay focus and disciplined to get my A1C down under 10 within the next 3 months. I'll keep reading this is a good source of support. I also wear glasses and had some problems with the right prescription due to high and low blood sugars. I also receive regular eye exam due to a chronic eye disease I have had way before I became a diabetic.The diabetes can cause this eye problem to become unstable and also can cause vision deficient. I welcome all support.

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