There is a high likelihood that you know someone living with diabetes or perhaps you even have it yourself. About 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. What many people do not know is that diabetes can cause significant problems in your mouth; this is especially true if your blood sugar levels are not well managed. Understanding the different ways this disease can affect your mouth will help you prevent problems before they begin or identify issues when they do occur.
Keeping your mouth healthy when you have diabetes requires constant effort, but you don’t have to do it alone. At Palmetto Smiles, we believe in personalized, one-on-one attention that allows us to develop a treatment plan for each patient’s individual needs. Dr. David Moss, Dr. Brian Sang, and Dr. Tyler Perry are all highly trained dentists who will provide you with the highest quality oral care. If you are experiencing oral complications caused by diabetes, contact us today to see how we can help.
Diabetes Takes a Toll on Your Mouth
Poorly managed blood sugar levels can put you at risk for developing dental issues such as:
- An increased amount of plaque
- Oral Thrush
- Gum disease
- Dry mouth
- Food tasting bland
- Wounds taking a long time to heal or unable to heal
Caring for Your Mouth with Diabetes
There are many things you can do to maintain your oral health when you have diabetes. First, you must get control of your blood sugar levels; this is important for all aspects of diabetes management. Daily exercise, healthy eating, and other healthy lifestyle habits will all help with this, but you should also take care to follow any instructions that your doctor has given you. Keep your teeth and mouth clean by brushing twice at least twice each day and flossing at least once a day. Last but certainly not least, schedule at least two visits to Palmetto Smiles every year for routine cleanings and checkups. We will help keep your teeth clean, screen for all kinds of dental issues, and treat any pain or discomfort you are experiencing.
Schedule An Appointment
To schedule an appointment at our Florence, SC dentist office, call 843-203-5155 or request an appointment online.