Diabetes’ Relationship With Oral Health
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, which is a big deal for us here at the office. Not only do we have loved ones affected by this condition, but we understand the relationship between having diabetes and your oral health. There is a definite connection, and we would love to take some time to look at that connection and what you can do to protect yourself from the oral health side-effects often associated with diabetes.
There are two parts to the diabetes connection. First, diabetes lowers your resistance to infection, which makes something like gum disease much more likely. Second, diabetes patients are often taking quite a few medications. Prescriptions are known to cause dry mouth, which can in turn lead to decay and other oral health issues.
In order to resist these problems, there are few things you can do. The first is to stay hydrated and keep your mouth healthy through your oral hygiene routine. Regular appointments for cleanings and exams are imperative to keeping a healthy mouth. Not only can we talk with you about preventive measures, but we can also conquer any problems while they are still small.
Living with diabetes is difficult enough as it is. Don’t allow your oral health to get out of hand on top of everything else. Contact us today to set up an appointment for a cleaning and exam. We would love to see you soon and help you have a healthier smile!