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Dental Tips for Diabetics

April 1, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 10:37 am

If you suffer from diabetes, you know how important it is to watch your health carefully.  That includes dental health.

To prevent tooth and gum problems, it is vital you control your blood glucose.  Diabetics, especially those whose blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, are more susceptible to gum infections than non-diabetics.  As a diabetic, the infection is more difficult to treat, and severe gum infection, in turn, can make it more difficult to control your diabetes.  Once such an infection takes hold in a diabetic, it takes longer to heal.  If the infection lasts for a long time, the person may loose teeth.

Proper nutrition is important for everyone, but especially diabetics.  Since much of what you eat requires good teeth for chewing, it is very important to try to preserve your teeth.  Because the bone surrounding the teeth may sometimes be damaged by infection, dentures may not always fit properly and may not be perfect substitutes for your natural teeth.

Home dental hygiene is another important measure.  Make sure you are following all our recommendations for your home dental care.  If you have questions on what you should be doing, give us a call. 

If you notice bleeding gums when you eat or brush you teeth, see us right away.  We need to determine if you have a beginning infection.  You should also notify us if you notice other abnormal changes in your mouth, such as patches of whitish-colored skin.

As your dental professionals, we are not just concerned with your oral health.  We want to make sure we’re doing all we can to ensure your overall health.

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