If you have diabetes, it may affect your dental health. At our dental practice, Dr. Geoffrey Edmunds, our dentist near Albany New York, Dr. Geoffrey B. Edmunds, can talk to you more about how diabetes can affect your oral health.
You may be aware that diabetes can affect many areas of your health, including your eyes, the blood circulation in your feet, and even your mouth. For this reason, it is important that you take extra special care of your teeth and gums if you have diabetes. You will also want to be sure to manage your blood sugar levels because over time, heightened levels of blood sugar can put you at risk for developing oral health problems. If your mouth is consistently dry, this can lead to ulcers in your mouth, infections, and tooth decay. If you have diabetes, you also are greater risk for inflammation in your gums. If you are taking antibiotics, you are more prone to getting thrush, a fungal infection of the mouth and tongue. If you have this oral health problem, your mouth can develop a burning feeling. The best way to avoid oral health problems is to take excellent care of your mouth, teeth, and gums. The best way to prevent these problems is to: keep blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible; use a mouthwash without alcohol if you have a dry mouth; brush teeth after every meal; use a tooth brush with soft bristles; floss on a daily basis; use antiseptic mouthwash; keep teeth clean; and stop smoking, if you currently do. You will also want to come to our dental practice to have your teeth checked by our dentist near Albany New York, and have your gums cleaned at our office twice a year. Our dentist may even recommend that you have periodic dental cleanings more frequently.
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