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Did you know that diabetes can affect the state of your mouth? Diabetes increases your risk for such dental issues as dry mouth, oral thrush, and gum disease. The good news is that these are all preventable, as long as you consistently follow these five guidelines:

– Control your blood glucose. Your family doctor has likely already trained you in how to control your blood glucose effectively. This may include such practices as insulin shots and eating a healthy diet. This can help control your oral health as well.

– Brush twice and floss once every day. Diabetes means that your blood glucose levels can sometimes be high, which can, in turn, affect the levels of sugar in your saliva. Sugar feeds plaque. That’s why it’s extra important to clear away that plaque consistently by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.

– Visit Dr. Laurin Cardwell regularly. It’s important to get a dental cleaning and exam at least twice a year. Let us know that you have diabetes as well so we can give you personalized attention and advice as needed.

– Tell Cardwell Family Dentistry if your dentures don’t fit well or if your gums are sore. This may be a sign that your blood glucose is irritating your gums. Dr. Laurin Cardwell will be able to offer the right recommendations and treatment.

– If you smoke, quit immediately. Smoking greatly increases your chance of gum disease and when combining that with diabetes, you are putting your oral health at great risk.

It’s important to check your mouth regularly for any signs of dental issues that you may see. If you spot a problem or are ready for a dental checkup, please call us in Sylva, North Carolina at 828-631-3567 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your call!