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General and Preventive Dentistry

Diabetes is a disease that can affect the whole body- including the mouth people with diabetes face a higher than normal risk of oral health problems.

WHY ARE PEOPLE WITH DIABETES MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP ORAL HEALTH PROBLEMS?

Link is high blood sugar levels- it weakens white blood cells which are the body’s main defense system against bacterial infection that can occur in your mouth.

PROBLEMS:
  • Dry mouth.
  • Gum inflammation- swelling and bleeding through Gums.
  • Poor healing of oral tissues.
  • Burning mouth.
  • Frequent oral infections.
WHAT IS THAT YOU CAN DO
  • Make a commitment to manage your diabetic status.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily.
  • Floss your teeth for at least one day.
  • Make sure your dentist knows you have diabetes.
  • Look for early signs of gum disease- any redness, swelling, bleeding, burning sensation, loose teeth.
  • Don’t smoke- increases the risk of diabetes complications.
  • Schedule regular dentist visit: visit your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings, X-rays, and checkups.