How Diabetes Can Alter Your Smile Without Proper Care
Posted on 10/5/2020 by Shiv Sharma, DDS
If you have diabetes, you are in a subset group of people who are at greater risk for dental problems. Diabetes can harm your teeth, gums, and smell of your breath. There are a few precautions to help you deter these issues from happening or worsening over time.
Dental Problems Associated with Diabetes
People who have their diabetes poorly controlled face several high-risk problems with their oral health. Since diabetes is known to reduce blood supply, this can also affect your gums. When your gums have a low blood supply, you are at greater risk of having infections there. This can cause you to have sore gums that bleed often. The low blood supply can also affect your teeth, causing them to loosen and eventually fall out over time. Another common dental problem a diabetic face is bad breath that is unmanageable. This issue can be persistent, and most remedies will not help until your diabetes is back under control for a few weeks or months.
Preventing Dental Problems
Dental problems usually only occur in those with poor control of their diabetes. So, the best preventative measure is to ensure your diabetes is always under control. However, this process can be both tedious and difficult to manage, so it can take time. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day is necessary, sometimes even after every meal is important. This is because sometimes you must eat sugary foods to manage, which can cause a buildup of acid. Rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash is also recommended for diabetics since it will help remove all germs and act as an antibacterial to prevent gum issues. We also recommend that you visit us every six months for a dental checkup. If you have not come in for a dental checkup in over six months, give us a call today to schedule one right away.
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