Millions of people are affected by diabetes. The good news is that this is a manageable condition.
However, it also can affect your oral health. Today, our team at Relax Dental is sharing some things you should know to keep your healthy smile if you have this condition.
1. Dry Mouth
People who have diabetes are more likely to experience dry mouth. This is bad for your smile because harmful bacteria thrive in a dry environment. That can make you more prone to cavities as well.
2. Periodontal Problems
People who have diabetes face a greater risk of gum infections. This is partly due to a higher likelihood of dry mouth, but another factor is blood sugar control. To compound the situation, gum disease also can lead to a rise in blood sugar levels.
3. Tooth Loss
Gum disease is also one of the biggest causes of tooth loss in the United States. Your risk of gum infection can make you more likely to lose teeth as well.
Just like you know what you need to do to manage your diabetes, you can be proactive about protecting your oral health. Brush and floss daily, and keep up with your routine dental checkups a few times each year.