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.