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Diabetes and Your Oral Health Connection

February 25, 2022 7:08 pm | Published by

Patients who are diabetic need to take extra special care of their smiles in order to have positive oral and overall health. Fortunately, our Cedar Park dental team is here to help. Below are some important tips to keep in mind so you can maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Routine Cleanings, Exams & At-Home Care

Diabetic patients are more likely to develop periodontal disease, which is irreversible and requires deep cleanings and periodontal maintenance. Since diabetes can also slow down the healing process, it can make it more difficult to treat periodontal disease and other oral infections.

We always want to help our patients avoid developing gum disease as much as possible. Attending routine dental visits and allowing our team to assess your smile and clear away any plaque that has developed in hard-to-brush areas is a great way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Practicing great oral hygiene at home is another crucial part of avoiding gum disease. We recommend brushing and flossing twice per day and rinsing with mouthwash.

Avoiding Dry Mouth

Diabetes can cause dry mouth, which can lead to more problems than just feeling parched. Saliva helps kill bacteria, so any time there is a lack of it, patients are at a greater risk of developing dental issues like cavities, infections, and thrush. Smoking can also cause dry mouth, so while we recommend that all of our patients reduce or quit smoking, it is especially beneficial for diabetic patients to do so.

Talk to Your Cedar Park Dental Team

If you ever have any questions or concerns about your oral health, scheduling a visit with an experienced dental team is the best way to get custom advice and care. Our team would be happy to work with you to come up with a plan to keep your smile in tip-top shape. We can also assist you if you believe you are developing gum disease, dealing with chronic dry mouth, or have other dental issues that you would like to discuss.

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