November is Diabetes Awareness Month, which is extremely important for many of our patients who are living with this condition. It’s important for the rest of us as well because we all know someone who is living with diabetes. Diabetes affects the entire body, including the mouth. The risks are nothing unique, but they are greater than what someone else might experience. Let’s take a look at those risks and what a diabetic patient can do to prevent damage.

Increased Risks
Diabetic patients are facing the same risks as everyone else, just in a different way. Gum disease and decay are at the top of the list. If you are diabetic, your risk of gum disease is increased because your body cannot fight off infection as well as it once could. Your risk of decay is greater because of dry mouth symptoms caused by prescription medications. Without an adequate supply of saliva to protect your teeth, you will see an increase in cavities.

Increased Prevention
With these increased risks comes a need for increased prevention techniques. You need to protect your smile by taking excellent care of it. Floss and brush at least twice each day. You might also consider using an antiseptic mouth rinse that will remove harmful bacteria from your mouth. Setting up routine appointments every six months will give us the opportunity to keep an eye on your oral health and remove any infection before it takes hold. In some cases, we recommend routine appointments every 3-4 months.

Living with diabetes is kind of like living with a plate balanced on top of your head! You are constantly aware of things around you that cause that plate to fall and break, just as diabetic patients are always thinking about potential problems for their blood sugar levels. Contact us today to set up an appointment where we can discuss ways to help you maintain a healthy smile. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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