Do You Know How Diabetes Can Affect Your Smile?

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Many people underestimate the interconnectedness of health. Everything in your body is related, making oral health a huge part of overall wellness. With National Diabetes Month happening in November, Costa Dentistry is exploring how making healthy choices can significantly benefit both your mouth and your well-being.

Costa Dentistry Explains Diabetes-Oral Health Connection

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how your body processes sugar (glucose). High blood sugar levels can lead to health complications, including issues with your mouth. Costa Dentistry can help you address these concerns:

  • Gum Disease (Periodontitis): People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing periodontitis, or gum disease, which can cause inflammation and damage to the tissues supporting your teeth. It can lead to gum recession, tooth loss and even chronic bad breath (halitosis). Learn more about Costa Dentistry’s periodontal treatments
  • Dental Cavities: Diabetes can affect the flow of saliva in your mouth, which is essential for maintaining good oral health. Reduced saliva production can lead to a dry mouth, making it more prone to dental cavities and infections. Costa Dentistry also offers dental sealants to help prevent cavities. 
  • Delayed Healing: Diabetes can slow down the body’s natural ability to heal itself. This means that if you have oral surgery, tooth extractions, or other dental procedures, you may take longer to recover and may also be at a higher risk of complications.
  • Thrush: Thrush, a fungal infection in the mouth, is more common in people with diabetes. High sugar levels in the mouth provide an ideal environment for the fungus to thrive.

Dentist Recommendations for Both Diabetes and Oral Health

The good news is that many lifestyle choices that help manage diabetes also promote better oral health. Here are some ways to make healthy choices that benefit both:

  • Control Blood Sugar Levels: Regular monitoring, medication management, and lifestyle adjustments are key to managing health. 
  • Stick to a Balanced Diet: A nutrient-rich and low-sugar diet benefits both diabetes management and your oral health. 
  • Daily Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Be sure to use a toothbrush with soft bristles, as aggressive brushing can harm your gums.
  • Regular Dental Checkups: Consistent dental checkups are crucial. Our dentists can monitor your oral health, spot issues early, and offer guidance on proper oral care. Learn more about Costa Dentistry’s general dentistry and hygiene services. 
  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking lots of water combat dry mouth, reducing your risk of dental cavities from tooth decay.
  • Manage Stress Levels: Stress can seriously affect blood sugar levels and your oral health. Prioritize exercise, mindfulness, or hobbies you enjoy to reduce stress.

This November, prioritize your oral health for a brighter and healthier future, in honor of National Diabetes Month. If it’s time to schedule a check-up — don’t delay, contact Costa Dentistry today!

Request an appointment. Your smile and body will thank you!