Oral Health ABCs: Diabetes and Your Smile

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Just as diabetes can affect your oral health, so too can your oral health affect your diabetes. Fortunately, with an effective treatment plan, you can lower your risk for further diabetic damage in relation to your oral health.

It is important to always brush and floss every single day if you have diabetes. If you allow plaque to build up, infections with your gum tissue can occur, leading to gum disease. Gum disease is extremely dangerous to all individuals, but more so for diabetics, because it leads to an increase in your blood sugar. By visiting your dentist and implementing an effective oral health care routine, you can effectively treat your smile and ensure that gum disease will not arise.

If you have diabetes, which commonly affects over 10% of the United States population, you are likely to suffer from a condition known as dry mouth. Dry mouth can decrease the amount of saliva in your mouth, which can give rise to tooth decay and gum disease. With effective oral health care treatments, and a treatment plan by your dentist, we can help protect your smile.

If you suffer from diabetes and would like to learn more about improving your oral health care, stop by for a visit. For an oral examination at Meyer Dentistry at our dentist office in Greenville, South Carolina, please book an appointment with Dr. James Meyer and our team by calling 864-213-4442. All smiles deserve a little extra care and attention, and we give it to them!