Diabetes And Oral Health
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Be Aware

Several types of health conditions contribute to poor healing of oral tissues. But people with diabetes should be always be aware that they are at risk for poor healing from any type of dental problem.

Diabetes Discussed

Diabetes is one of the most common endocrine disorders. People with diabetes are at greater risk for infections and often suffer from dry mouth, which can promote tooth decay and gingivitis. And because people with diabetes are also prone to poor healing of oral tissues, gingivitis can be more difficult to treat if it does occur. This is why a regular oral care routine is especially important. If you have sensitive teeth or gums, choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and a soft floss to minimize discomfort.

Tell Your Dentist

If you have diabetes, be sure to tell your dentist. He or she may want results from a blood test to show how well you control your condition. A hemoglobin A1C level less than seven percent is considered well-controlled diabetes, while levels of eight percent or higher indicate poor control. Most people with diabetes don't require any special dental care but it is a good idea to ask your dentist and physician to talk to make sure there are no special recommendations for you.

Check With Your Dentist

Also, if you have orthodontic work done and have diabetes, be sure to check with your dentist immediately if any wires or brackets are damaged so they can be repaired before a sore forms.

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