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.

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Oral Health for Adults over 60

Do you think that cavities can only happen to the young?  With more people keeping there natural teeth longer, the likelihood of having a cavitiy is extended into your later years.  Good oral health is important at any age. A healthy mouth is essential for a health body.

According to healthymouth.org:

Maintaining good oral health habits now is especially important because unhealthy bacteria in the mouth not only can harm your teeth and gums but may be associated with serious medical conditions. Research has shown that infections in the mouth may be associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia and other health problems that are common in older adults. It really only takes a few simple steps, brushing and flossing daily, visiting your dentist regularly and eating nutritious foods to be Mouth Healthy for Life.

Here are some healthy habits to establish:

  • Brush and Floss Daily
  • Clean Dentures Daily
  • Visit a Dentist Regularly
  • Drink Water with Fluoride
  • Quit Smoking

Remember, Your Mouth is the Gateway to your Body.  Taking care of your teeth at any age is timeless advice.  Call us today at Brogdon Dental to make an appointment to see how you’re doing.