At Country Club Dental in Cameron Park, California, we know just how important it is to care for your oral health. It becomes even more crucial when you have a medical condition, such as diabetes, which affects more than 29.1 million people in the U.S. and the number is steadily rising.
Patients with diabetes have the added challenge of protecting their smile from infection because of how the disease affects their immune system. A diabetic’s immune system has more difficulty fighting bacterial infection as infections in general raise blood sugar. High levels of blood sugar affect the kidneys, heart, eyes, and nerves in the body.
Other oral health issues that arise with diabetes are:
- It is harder to taste your food.
- As saliva production is decreased, it creates dry mouth which puts you at higher risk of oral infections.
- You are prone to gingivitis, a form of gum disease that makes the gums bleed and swell.
- It is harder for the body to heal, so wounds linger around longer.
For patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes, it is vital to maintain good oral hygiene habits and to work with your dentist and dental team for proper oral care. Always let your dental team know that you are being treated for diabetes, and keep up with all scheduled cleanings and exams. A patient with diabetes will want to detect oral health risks in the early stages to prevent harm and to receive timely treatment.
Along with current dental care, be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste if you have a history of dental caries. Floss daily, and bedtime is optimal for removing leftover food particles for the night. Your daily cleaning goals should be to clear the areas between the teeth and along your gumline from plaque.
To give your smile the care it needs, you can schedule your next checkup with Dr. Sonny Afshar and Dr. Fara Afshar by calling 530.677.4457 today. We are here to support all of your oral care needs!