Diabetes and your teeth: The importance of extra care
December 9, 2017
At Sierra Smiles Tahoe we look at your health history for things like diabetes, heart disease, etc. Why? Because they sometimes cause symptoms that affect both oral and overall health. Diabetes, in particular, elevates your risk of periodontal (gum) disease . Here are some frequently asked questions about diabetes and oral health:
"What should i share about my diabetes?"
If you have diabetes, it's important to share this:
Changes in your prescriptions or health
Maintaining your blood glucose levels isn’t always easy. But keeping these numbers stable helps oral health too, reducing the risk of tooth loss, gum disease, and other problems.
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"How does blood sugar affect my oral health?"
Maintaining your blood glucose levels isn't always easy. But keeping these numbers stable helps oral health too, reducing the risk of tooth loss, gum disease, and other problems. The presence of gum disease may also raise blood sugar, making diabetes regulation difficult.
"Is brushing and flossing different with diabetes?"
Regular at-home brushing and flossing aren't any different, whether or not you have diabetes. Brush twice daily and floss once — no matter what. Use fluoride toothpaste for added decay defense and brush in the morning and at night. Your toothbrush should have soft bristles that clean teeth with soft circular motions.
"What about diabetes and my diet?"
Since patients living with diabetes are restricted from consuming sugar, this helps teeth too. Work with your doctor to find the right kind of diet. Eating plenty of veggies, fruits, and whole grains.
Sierra Smiles Tahoe is always available to answer any questions you may have about diabetes and oral health.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!
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