If you have recently developed diabetes, then you may still be learning about all of the complications that come with the disease. One of these complications is an increased risk for gum disease. Germs proliferate in excess glucose levels found in saliva, and this increase in germs causes in increase in infections and diseases. In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr. James Lesinski would like to offer these tips for reducing your chances of developing oral health complications.
While there are many reasons to quit smoking, it is especially important for people with diabetes to quit. Among the other health problems with which it is associated, smoking also increases the risk of gum disease. In fact, smokers over the age of 45 who also have diabetes are 20 times more likely to develop gum disease than nondiabetic nonsmokers of the same age.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Observing good dental hygiene habits is one of the best ways to keep your mouth as germ-free as possible. It is easy to rush through brushing your teeth, but you will get the best clean if you give yourself three full minutes to brush. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months to keep the bristles fresh. In addition to brushing your teeth three times a day, remember to floss daily. This will clear your mouth of any bits of food that would otherwise become breeding grounds for bacteria.
Schedule Regular Dental Check-ups
If you have diabetes in Amherst, NY, then you should visit your dentist at Complete Health Dentistry at least once every six months. Let Dr. Lesinski know you have diabetes. This will help him and the rest of our care team address issues as they arise and promptly recommend and implement treatments.
We call ourselves Complete Health Dentistry because we recognize the importance of oral healthcare to your general well-being. Schedule an appointment with us to start taking control of your complete health.
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