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How Diabetes Changes Your Oral Health Routine

Posted on 11/20/2019 by Sandra Embree
How Diabetes Changes Your Oral Health RoutineAround 100 million people in the United States alone suffer from diabetes, however, some people are not aware of how diabetes affects their oral health.

Diabetes sufferers know the complications to their bodily health, but many do not know the complications diabetes can bring on to oral health if the proper steps for care are not taken.

Many diabetics suffer from dry mouth, which can allow bacteria to more easily grown inside the mouth. These bacteria have the possibility of infecting gums leading to gingivitis, and if it progresses enough, periodontitis. Because of dry mouth diabetics need to make sure to take extra care of their mouth.

How to Prevent Gum Disease While Diabetic

When it comes to any oral care routine, it is always imperative to perform daily flossing and brushing as well as visit our office once every six months. Flossing and brushing will help rid your mouth of gum disease causing bacteria, but occasionally some bacteria are able to stay around after brushing. Over time these bacteria will become plaque. Plaque must be removed during a dental cleaning as it is too hard to remove with a normal brush. This is why it is important to make regular visits to our clinic.

If you have diabetes, it is also important to think about the role your oral hygiene can play in your bodily health. Sufferers of diabetes struggle to control their blood sugar and poor hygiene can make that battle more difficult. When the gums become infected due to poor hygiene, it allows blood sugar rise, making it more difficult to control blood sugar levels.

This is because gum infections will act like any other infection in the body. Diabetics know the importance of maintaining good blood sugar levels as it can cause serious side effects like heart palpitations and fainting, so keeping good oral hygiene is important to keeping not only your mouth healthy but also your body safe. Please give us a call if you would like any more information on steps you can take to promote good oral health.
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Ann Arbor Dentist - Sandra Embree, DDS

Dr. Embree graduated from The University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She completed postdoctoral training in a General Practice Residency at University of Michigan Hospitals Department of Hospital Dentistry. Dr. Embree received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and practiced in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital prior to her dental school training.
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Ann Arbor Dentist - Courtney Heys, DDS
Heys, DDS

Dr. Heys is originally from the Seattle area. She moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 to attend the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Dr. Heys has been in private practice since 2007. She has practiced 4 years in Saline, MI and 4 years in Jackson, MI.
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  • "Dr. Embree and her staff provided me the best dentistry I've ever had. I had a lot of work done, including several fillings and three crowns. Dr. Embree is very careful to make the procedures as painless as possible, and her staff made sure that my experiences were comfortable and stress free.
    Dr. Embree did a deep cleaning that I'm sure allowed me to avoid periodontal work. Her staff is very efficient in setting up appointments and sending reminders. I whole heartedly recommend Dr. Embree's dentistry."
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