November is Diabetes Awareness Month, which means a lot for many of our patients. If you are not diabetic, chances are pretty great that you know someone who is. Diabetes diagnoses are rampant in this country, and the numbers only continue to increase. With a diabetes diagnosis comes new and unexpected risks, even for your oral health. Take a look below at a couple of those risks and how patients can work to keep their mouths healthy.
Gum Disease Risks
Every patient is at risk for gum disease, but diabetic patients are at an incredibly high risk because their bodies are less able to ward off infection. The key to preventing gum disease while diabetic is to be extra vigilant about daily oral health care. Floss and brush at least twice each day, and consider adding an antiseptic mouth rinse to your daily regimen.
Patients with diabetes are often taking one or more prescription medications, which may be causing dry mouth symptoms. Dry mouth leads to a high risk of decay because there isn’t enough saliva in your mouth to protect your teeth from harmful bacteria. There are several things you can do to protect yourself from dry mouth symptoms, such as drinking plenty of fluids, sleeping with a humidifier, and talking with your doctor about switching your prescriptions.
The most important thing for diabetic patients to remember is that your six month appointment is essential to maintaining a healthy mouth. That appointment allows us to keep your mouth clean and healthy! Contact us today to set up your next appointment. We can’t wait to see you soon!