You probably wouldn’t initially consider your dental health when you are dealing with diabetes, especially when there are so many other different aspects to consider. What you may not have known is that diabetes can raise your risk of gum disease, dry mouth and infections. And because gum disease can raise your risk of diabetes, it can be a continuous cycle, so it’s important to keep both under control.
With higher blood sugar levels, you are more likely to have plaque buildup as a result of higher saliva production. This creates an ideal environment for cavities and decay to increase. Dry mouth can be the result of medication which can also lead to infections, cavities and decay.
Taking care of your smile when diabetic is essential in order to prevent this cycle of gum disease and help treat your diabetes. Besides controlling your diabetes, here are some steps you can follow to take care of your teeth and gums:
– Brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2-3 minutes
– Clean your tongue
– Floss daily between each tooth
– Attend your biannual dental appointments; speak to your dentist about your condition and the medications you are taking. Communicate what you can do to better your dental health in order to help keep your diabetes under control.
If you have any more questions concerning diabetes and your oral health, give us a call today. We’ll be happy to help you find the answers you need to keep your best smile!