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Fort Mill SC 29715
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How to Deal with Dental Problems If You’re Diabetic

Are you diabetic? Did you know your condition can put you at higher risk of developing dental problems? Diabetes has a way of weakening your body’s ability to fend off harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems.

H sugar levels stimulate growth of harmful bacteria. As a result, you may suffer from loose teeth due to gum problems, bite disorders and recurring bad breath. With regard to gum disease, the gums may appear red and swollen with a little bleeding and soreness.

To preserve a healthy, beautiful smile, it is important to control diabetes. Poorly controlled sugar levels in the blood can lead to infections or irritation in the gums and teeth.

In line with managing blood sugar levels, it is vital that you see your dentist regularly to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy. Diabetes can make you susceptible to oral infections.

Don’t forget to keep plaque at bay through regular brushing, and flossing and using antiseptic mouth rinse. Sugary and sticky food products contribute to a greater risk of developing oral health problems. When plaque starts to build up on the surface of teeth, it will only be a matter of time that it will result in decay. Untreated plaque will attack the protective layer of teeth as well as seep through the gumlines.

Brushing should be done at least twice a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to keep your teeth clean. For areas that cannot be reached with your toothbrush, you can use dental floss. To eliminate harmful bacteria and make your mouth fresh-smelling, rinse with an antiseptic mouth rinse.