- November 3, 2014
November is diabetes awareness month, and that affects more Americans than you might realize. In fact, diabetes is one of the fastest growing conditions in our country, often related to the growing numbers of obesity. There are a lot of negative side effects that come along with a diabetes diagnosis, including additional oral health concerns that you might not have considered before.
Diabetes has a way of making your defense against infection weaker, leaving you at a higher risk for becoming sick or developing infection in your mouth. This comes in the form of gum disease, which begins as gingivitis but can quickly progress to a more serious periodontal disease that will cause the loss of your teeth. When your infection defense is weakened, the disease will progress much quicker than it would in other patients.
Protecting Your Smile
In order to protect yourself from gum disease damage, you will need to take special and thorough precautions during your daily oral hygiene routine. We recommend that you floss at least twice per day, and brush for at least two minutes twice per day. You might also find an antibacterial mouthrinse helpful in the removal of harmful bacteria. Being vigilant with the cleanliness of your teeth will be a great benefit to you.
Don’t let any aspect of your diabetes care get out of hand. We know that when you are living with diabetes, you will constantly have things that you need to do to improve your health. Don’t let your oral health suffer in the process. Contact us today to set up your next appointment. Let us know what your concerns are, and we will help you form a plan for better oral health care.