If you live with diabetes, you should talk with your dentist. Diabetes can have an effect on your oral health, and your dentist located in Richmond, VA, and Chamberlayne, VA, should be an active member of your healthcare team.
If you have diabetes, you are at a higher risk of developing gum disease. In turn, gum disease can make it more difficult to control your blood sugar which can worsen your condition. If you have gum disease and diabetes, your body may not be able to fight off the infections that are a part of gum disease. Diabetes can contribute to dry mouth, and can put you at risk for cavities and oral infections and can slow the healing process.
If you have diabetes, you should take extra care to make sure that you carefully brush and floss on a regular basis, and to be sure that you clean any dentures or other dental work that you have. You should follow your doctor’s instructions to control your sugar levels, which includes monitoring your diet. Since diabetes puts you at a higher risk for gum disease, you should quit smoking or using tobacco in any form. Not only is tobacco a factor in causing gum disease, it also contributes to dry mouth. You should make sure that you keep your dentist informed about any changes in your condition or medication, and your dentist will want to consult with your physician about your treatment.
Whether or not you are living with diabetes, if you are looking for a family dentist, or if it is time for your regular cleaning and exam, our dental team will be happy to meet with you. If you live in the Richmond, VA, and Chamberlayne, VA, area, you can make an appointment at Morrison Dental Group by calling 804-261-4020. We look forward to meeting you soon!