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Oral Issues for People with Diabetes

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Did you know that diabetes could also affect your oral health? With some diligent care, however, you don’t have to let diabetes cost you your smile. At Hammond Pond Dental Group, we believe in treating you as complete individual – not as just a set of teeth!

That’s why we want to inform our diabetic patients of some of the challenges their oral health may face.

Increased Cavity Risk
Diabetes often causes dry mouth and increased thirst. A dry mouth is the ideal environment for cavities to flourish. When you’re thirsty, you may have a habit of reaching for juice, soda, and other sweet drinks. Even if your diabetes is under control, it’s important to limit the amount of sugar your teeth are exposed to.

Compromised Gum Health
Research suggests that the connection between gum disease and diabetes goes two ways. Diabetes lowers your body’s ability to fight off infection and to heal, and gum disease has a bad effect on your blood sugar.

Sores and Infections
Diabetic patients are more likely to suffer from issues such as:

  • Thrush
  • Sores
  • Infections that won’t heal

Regular brushing and flossing and rinsing with an alcohol-free rinse are key steps to keeping your mouth clean and comfortable.

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Control Your Diabetes and Enjoy Better Dental Health
Because of the mouth-body connection, controlling your diabetes will improve your oral health. And a healthier mouth will help you keep your blood sugar under control! Visit your doctor to make sure that your present lifestyle and prescribed medications are working for you.

Next, visit us at Hammond Pond Dental Group for a complete oral examination. Our dental professionals will make personalized recommendations for keeping your mouth as healthy as possible. We’re eager to help you get on the right track!

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