Dental Tips Blog

Mar
19

How Does Diabetes Affect Your Smile?

Taking the right steps to manage your diabetes can have a lot to do with how healthy your smile is. Did you know that the more severe your oral health conditions like periodontal disease are, the more difficult it is to manage your blood sugar levels? Together, diabetes and gum disease go hand in hand.

Active inflammation and plaque buildup make it difficult, if not impossible, to manage blood sugar levels. In turn, higher blood sugar levels mean more active bacteria in the mouth. It can seem like both conditions simply continue to spiral out of control, getting worse and worse no matter what you try to do.

If you’re living with diabetes or are a newly diagnosed diabetic, it’s important to get professional oral care on a regular basis. Simply managing your diabetes with diet or medication may not be enough, especially if you have symptoms of gum disease like bleeding and swelling. Your dentist and hygienist can help you manage your dental health more effectively, making it easier for you and your doctor to manage your diabetes.

Have your teeth cleaned at least every 6 months. This allows your hygienist to remove deep deposits of plaque or tartar that have the potential of feeding bacteria into your bloodstream. She will also discuss different home care methods with you to help you manage plaque control more efficiently. People with more severe gum infections or unmanaged diabetes may need to have professional cleanings every 3-4 months until their symptoms begin to reverse.

Keep your dental team up to date on your overall health. You might just be surprised at how the two go hand in hand.

Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384

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