Dental Care and Diabetes

Did you know that over 29 million people today are affected by diabetes?  Diabetes can affect the whole body including your mouth.  Proper Dental care is  important for people with diabetes because they face a higher than normal risk of oral health problems due to poorly controlled blood sugars.

So what can you do if you have diabetes to insure good oral health? Here are some day to day dental heath care tips courtesy of  webmd.com:

  • Have your teeth and gums cleaned and checked by your dentist twice a year. (Your dentist may recommend a closer interval depending upon your condition.)
  • Prevent plaque buildup on teeth by using dental floss at least once a day.
  • Brush your teeth after every meal. The best time is at least 30 minutes after eating to allow re-mineralization of any enamel that had been softened by acid in the food. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • If you wear dentures, remove them and clean them daily. Do not sleep in them.
  • If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit.
  • Antibacterial mouth rinses can reduce bacteria that cause plaque and gum disease, according to the American Dental Association.

Contact our office at Brogdon Dental for more information or to schedule an appointment.

A Healthy Smile Reflects a Healthy Mom

If you are pregnant, or considering becoming pregnant, remember good oral health is important.  Research has shown that there is a link between gum disease and pre-term, low-birth-weight babies. Studies show that practicing preventive dental care during pregnancy has been proven to protect oral and overall health, and is safe for mothers and children too.

To help avoid oral health conditions related to pregnancy, the American Dental Association recommends the following:

  • Call your dentist if you have any questions, concerns or notice changes in your mouth.
  • Brush twice daily and floss at least once a day to keep your mouth healthy.
  • Schedule a dental exam and cleaning in your first trimester. (If your pregnancy is more advanced, call your dentist for the first available appointment.) Your dentist will assess your oral health and help plan your oral care for the remainder of your pregnancy.
  • Avoid routine or elective X-rays during pregnancy.

If you notice any changes in your mouth during pregnancy, call our office.  Remember, when your mouth is healthy your overall health is good too!