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How Does Diabetes Affect Your Oral Health?

Posted by DAWKINS FAMILY DENTAL on Mar 16 2023, 07:17 AM

Diabetes is a condition that affects the body’s ability to process sugar. When sugar is consumed, the body converts it into energy. However, with diabetes, the body is unable to produce enough insulin to break the sugar down. This leads to high levels of sugar in the bloodstream.

People With Diabetes More Susceptible to Oral Disease

People who get diabetes can develop many complications and side effects, including problems with their teeth and gums. At-home care is critical to maintaining your oral health when you have diabetes. Without proper brushing and flossing, bacteria in the mouth can build up and cause inflammation in the gum tissues. Over time, this can lead to gum disease or gingivitis. Gum disease causes symptoms like red, inflamed gums that bleed easily. Eventually, the bacteria will spread to the teeth themselves and the supporting bone structure. This can lead to tooth loss and other problems.

Because dental health is linked to overall health, gum disease is a serious issue for people with diabetes. The infection can increase blood sugar and make the condition worse. Patients should talk to their doctor about how to best manage blood sugar levels while also keeping their mouth as healthy as possible. Regular professional cleanings and checkups are also crucial to keeping your mouth healthy. Talk to your dentist about the best at-home oral care routine for you.

  • Preventive dentistry can help minimize your risk of developing oral health issues and catch any problems as early as possible. Contact your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily to prevent buildup that can lead to decay and gum disease. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride to brush your teeth in the morning and before bed. If your gums are sensitive, you can use an ADA-approved mouthwash to help prevent bacterial buildup in your mouth.
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and avoid sugary drinks and candy. You can eat foods like cheese, yogurt, and milk that are low in sugar but can still help to protect your teeth from damage. Avoid acidic foods and beverages that can erode the enamel on your teeth.

We encourage you to discover ways to achieve a healthy smile. For comprehensive dental care, visit Dawkins Family Dental at 440 N Lamar Blvd, Oxford, MS 38655. If you’re looking for more tips to keep your teeth healthy, call us at (662) 234-5725 for an appointment.

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