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Did you know that about 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes? And every year, more people are diagnosed. Some have diabetes and don’t know it. If you have diabetes, life can be hard. How does this affect your oral health?

Diabetes occurs when your body can’t process sugar properly. The symptoms of diabetes can affect all parts of your body, including your mouth. One symptom that many people experience is reduced saliva flow. Saliva plays a pivotal role in washing away food particles and bacteria, as well as delivering much-needed minerals to your teeth. If it persists for a while, a dry mouth can lead to more serious problems such as tooth decay and cavities.

Almost 22% of diabetics get gum disease.Sugar feeds the bacteria in your teeth. If you have poor blood sugar control, you may find that bad bacteria begins to make a home in your gums, causing recession of the gum lie and erosion to the teeth. Gum disease may, in turn, cause your blood sugar to rise, making your diabetes more difficult to control.

What can you do to be healthy? First, visit Dr. Robert Berkowitz regularly, at least twice a year. The sooner your gum disease is treated, the less it will affect your diabetes symptom management.  Make sure to get professional dental cleanings and practice impeccable oral hygiene routines on your own every day. Make focused efforts to control your blood sugar levels. Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. If you smoke, quit as soon as possible. In general, you’ll need to increase your efforts to do all those things that lead to a healthier body.

Trinity Dental Center in Anderson, South Carolina is here to help! If you need to make an appointment, don’t hesitate to call us at 864-642-4630. We are the guardians of your smile.