If you have diabetes, at Drs. Scrimalli, Ratchford, & Ahmadzadeh in Hamlin, Pennsylvania, we understand how important it is to provide excellent oral care to ensure a healthy smile. Diabetes affects more than 29.1 million people in the U.S. alone, and keeping your condition managed and building a strong immune system is vital.
When you have diabetes, your saliva production is lowered, causing dry mouth which places you at increased risk of oral infections. Diabetes also sets the stage for gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease to develop which makes the gum tissue swell and bleed.
In addition, oral wounds take longer to heal while at risk for worsening quickly and requires monitoring. Infections are a serious concern, as the immune system has to fight because they raise blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels affect other crucial parts of the body including the kidneys, heart, eyes, and nerves.
To help your smile thrive even if you have diabetes, take the time to maintain good oral hygiene habits. Brush and floss every day. Use a fluoride toothpaste if you have a history of cavities, and brush at least twice daily. Flossing along the gumline and between teeth is essential to clear dental plaque. See your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and exams. Let our dental team know that you are a diabetic so we can monitor your oral health closely to spot problems early.
Taking good care of your smile is taking good care of YOU. If you would like to learn more or to schedule your next cleaning with one of our skilled dentists, Drs. Scrimalli, Ratchford, and Ahmadzadeh, please call 570-689-2449 today. We are here to help you create the smile you deserve!