Many diabetic Americans don't realize they have an increased risk of oral infections and severe gum disease. Recent research suggests that there is a connection not only for diabetics to develop gum disease, but for gum disease to promote the progression of diabetes. This makes your medical history especially important to our dentist in Salt Lake City. Dr. Warr will know what precautions to take and which signs to look out for during your dental exam.
There are several ways you can make sure diabetes doesn't impact your oral health and vice versa including:
1. Six Month Dental Exams
It's ever more important for you to stick with bi-annual dental exams with Dr. Warr. Preventative dentistry is the best way to avoid oral infections and late-stage gum disease, known as periodontitis. Our dentist will conduct a thorough teeth cleaning, check for tooth decay and gum disease, take x-rays and screen for oral cancer.
2. Proper and Consistent Dental Hygiene
Whether you have diabetes or not, a good dental hygiene routine is vital to the health of your teeth and gums. Make sure to brush twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristled brush. Floss before bed to remove bacteria that has accumulated throughout your day. Dental hygiene can help keep your blood glucose levels in control as well as leave you with fresher breath and whiter teeth.
3. Keep Your Blood Sugar in Check
Elevated blood sugar makes you more susceptible to oral infections and dry mouth. Dry mouth affects your health more than you may realize. Saliva helps wash away accumulated bacteria. When there is less saliva, your mouth becomes prone to germs and plaque buildup which then leads to tooth decay. Sometimes, oral surgery may be necessary to reduce the damage done by decay and gum disease.
If you're diabetic, please call Warr Dental in Salt Lake City today at (801) 216-3713 to schedule your dental exam. Our office provides cosmetic and general dentistry to those located in or near Salt Lake City, Midvale, and West Jordan, Utah.