Many Americans have diabetes. If you are one of them, you know that there are special problems associated with the disease when it comes to oral health. An increased risk for gum disease is one common problem along with these:
- Slower healing time after dental surgery
- Fungal infections
- Dry mouth
If you suffer from diabetes, there are a number of ways you can minimize the effects of the disease. Here are some tips:
Taking care of your oral hygiene at home every day is crucial. Make sure you brush at least twice a day and floss once a day.
Antibacterial mouth rinses can also help reduce bacteria that can cause plaque build-up on teeth and gums.
Examine your mouth for inflammation or signs of bleeding gums. If you notice either, let your dentist know as soon as possible.
Experts recommend having your teeth professionally cleaned every six months, or even every three or four months. Step up the professional cleaning schedule if you know you tend to build up plaque or tartar quickly.
Be sure to tell your dentist that you have been diagnosed with diabetes. It will also help your dentist to know the names of all prescription and over-the-counter drugs you take.
Diabetes is a difficult disease, but with proper precautions and regular dental checkups and care, measures can be taken to help slow it’s effects on your oral health. If you are a diabetic or live with one, please don’t hesitate to call us and discuss what we can do to help you to maintain good oral health.