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Improving Dental Care for Diabetics

12/21/2015
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Did you know that there is a connection between diabetes and your dental work? The medical condition known as diabetes has symptoms that can affect your whole body, including your mouth. The most common areas of the mouth that are affected are the teeth and gums.

The most common symptoms of diabetes affecting a patient's oral health are having a dry mouth, which can lead to infections, soreness, tooth decay and ulcers, infections. Inflammation in the gums is also a notable symptom, as well as fungal infection of the mouth and tongue known as thrush. Thrush thrives on the high levels of sugar in the saliva of people that have uncontrolled diabetes. The symptoms include a burning feeling in the mouth and tongue areas, and has to be treated with antibiotics.

There are ways to take care of your oral health to prevent these symptoms as increased levels of blood glucose can be harmful. One of which is being sure to manage your blood sugar to ensure that it stays at normal levels.

The best way to prevent the onset of symptoms is through basic oral and diabetic care. On the dental care side, make sure that you brush after every meal. Standard care also includes flossing daily and using a toothbrush that has soft bristles to prevent inflammation and bleeding. Also, smoking does cause oral health problems, of which any concerns should be discussed with their doctor. Diabetic patients should also get their teeth and gums cleaned and checked at least twice a year to prevent the onset and acceleration of any potential symptoms. Depending on your condition, your dentist may recommend more than two visits.

Patients that manage the symptoms of diabetes should always work to keep their blood sugar as close to a normal range as possible. Some symptoms of diabetes include having a dry mouth, so making use of a mouthwash that does not have alcohol always is recommended. Talk to your dentist about your diabetic condition, and share your history of what medicines that you use. Inform your dentist of your blood sugar level status and if it is off-track. If you take insulin, be sure to inform them when you took your most recent dose. Being vigilant of your condition is the best way to manage any symptoms.

To schedule an appointment today to find in the Pacifica, California area, give the offices of Cabrillo Family Dental Care a call at (650) 359-1646 or visit the website at http://www.pacificadentist.com/ - The Pacifica dentist staff and quality care team of Cabrillo Family Dental Care will be able to take care of any Pacifica dentistry need as quality oral care is our number one priority. From orthodontics to the best sedation dentistry Pacifica, CA, has to offer, Cabrillo Family Dental Care is the one to call. From our family to yours, Cabrillo Family Dental Care wishes you a very happy holiday season.