Does Diabetes Impact Your Smile?

Posted on 5/24/2021 by Brian Rounds, DDS
Does Diabetes Impact Your Smile?You may not believe it but having diabetes can impact your dental health. Therefore, you need to work with your medical professional to carefully control the disease and your glucose level count.

How Diabetes Impacts Your Oral Health

Diabetes is a disease where the blood glucose level is not regulated in connection with your digestive health. If you do not monitor your sugar levels, they can get out of control, which also negatively affects your oral health. When your glucose level is too high, it can lead to problems with the flow of saliva and increase the number of bad oral bacteria. In turn, you can get more cavities and are much more susceptible to gum disease.

What Can You Do About It?

If you are prediabetic or diabetic, you need to work closely with your doctor and seek help from a dietician to plan a diabetes-friendly menu. That way, you can also improve your dental health. Make sure you see us more often to check on your oral well-being as well. That way, we can address any problems before they become worse and affect your overall health. For example, diabetics are more susceptible to dry mouth, which makes them more vulnerable to gum infections. If you get gingivitis, we can schedule a course of therapy that you can also integrate into your at-home dental routine.

Taking Care of Your Teeth and Gums

To offset dental problems, brush twice a day and floss at least once daily. Also, it helps to use an antibacterial mouthwash. We can recommend a brand for you to use. Ask us first, as mouthwashes that contain alcohol can lead to dry mouth, which will make matters worse.

We want you to realize better dental care. That is why we promote regular dental visits and check-ups. If you currently have diabetes, we can help you with your oral health care needs now. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for an exam.

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