November is National Diabetes Month and since it’s in the spotlight, it is important to know that not only does diabetes affect your blood sugar levels, but every part of your body, including your smile. Yes, it’s true – those patients that suffer from diabetes will run the risk of developing dental issues more than non-diabetic patients. So, in honor of National Diabetes Month, let’s take a quick look at some of the things you can do to keep dental issues at bay while you are beginning to figure out how to control your glucose levels.
Since chewing is necessary to eat, and teeth are needed to chew, it is important to keep your teeth healthy. Oral infections can lead to bone damage and may cause tooth loss. Unfortunately, not all dental appliances will be suitable to your teeth so stay on top of your oral hygiene. Use a soft-bristled brush between the gums and the teeth in a circular motion, floss thoroughly and rinse daily.
Please understand that bleeding or swollen gums is a common symptom those suffering with diabetes will encounter. If you notice your gums are bleeding while eating or brushing, see a dentist. Make sure to let them know you have been diagnosed with diabetes so that they can help you maintain your oral health going forward. In fact, notify your dentist immediately if you notice any abnormal changes in your mouth, like frequent bleeding gums. Regular checkups will also be a great time to touch base with your dental professional regarding any other lifestyle changes that need to be made in order to maintain your overall health.
If you would like to find out more about the effects of diabetes on your smile, contact Dr. Clarence Kegler II at 770-476-9511 to schedule a consultation or visit www.artisticsmilesofga.com for additional information.
Dr. Kegler proudly serves Suwanee and all surrounding areas.