Joseph Ramellini, DMD

Gabrielle Ramellini, DMD, Diplomate, ABDSM

Joseph Ramellini, DMD

Gabrielle Ramellini, DMD, Diplomate, ABDSM

Oral Health and Diabetes: Managing Your Smile and Blood Sugar

Hand holding a blood glucose monitor for diabetes and oral health.

With diabetes, managing blood sugar is essential for overall health. However, so is managing your smile, as diabetes can have a significant impact on oral health as well. In this blog, we’ll explore the crucial link between oral health and diabetes and provide tips for maintaining a healthy smile while managing your blood sugar.

How Diabetes Affects Oral Health

One of the most significant connections between diabetes and oral health is gum disease. People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing gum disease, which can range from mild gingivitis to severe periodontitis.

Gum disease and tooth decay tend to develop due to elevated blood sugar levels weakening the body’s ability to fight infections. Not to mention, if blood sugar levels are high, it’s also likely high in your saliva.

Oral Symptoms of Diabetes

Interestingly, the mouth can also serve as an indicator of diabetes. Gum disease and other oral issues like a burning sensation in the mouth or delayed wound healing can be early signs of diabetes or poorly managed blood sugar levels.

Dentists often notice the oral symptoms of diabetes during routine check-ups, emphasizing the importance of regular dental visits for individuals with diabetes.

Three Tips for Managing Your Smile and Blood Sugar

The most critical step in managing your blood sugar and oral health is to control your diabetes. Controlling diabetes will include the help of your healthcare provider. Aim for an HbA1c/A1c of under 7 for optimal dental health. Other ways to manage your smile while managing your blood sugar include:

    1. Prioritize Oral Hygiene

    Maintain a strict oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and use an antiseptic mouthwash. Proper oral care can help prevent gum disease and other dental complications.

    2. Regular Dental Check-ups

    Visit your Clyde dentist regularly, ideally every six months, for check-ups and cleanings. Inform your dentist about your diabetes diagnosis so they can tailor their care to your specific needs and monitor your oral health closely.

    3. Watch for Warning Signs

    Be vigilant for signs of oral health problems, including bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, loose teeth, or changes in how your bite feels.

Holistic Dentistry in Clyde, NC

Managing diabetes is a lifelong journey, and taking care of your oral health is an integral part of this process. At Peak Dentistry, our dentists in Clyde, NC, would be happy to be part of your journey in caring for your oral and overall health. Contact our office to learn more about our holistic dentistry approach to help those with diabetes and other health conditions.

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