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If you have diabetes, your risk for mouth infections such as gum disease, dry mouth, and oral thrush are greatly increased. This makes your oral hygiene skills of paramount importance.

How are diabetes and gum disease related? Gum disease is a mouth infection which can lead to the deterioration of your gums and jawbone, painful chewing problems and even tooth loss. Diabetes can increase your risk of getting it. If you contract the disease, it can also be an obstacle to how well you can control your blood glucose, which in turn will affect the rest of your body.

Diabetes can also increase your chances of developing chronic dry mouth. This means your mouth does not produce a normal level of saliva. Since saliva contains natural cleansing and nourishing minerals, an adequate amount of it is vital for good oral health. A lack it can greatly accelerate tooth decay. If your glucose levels are elevated, your saliva can also become contaminated with sugar, canceling out its beneficial effects and feeding bad bacteria in your mouth. Chronic dry mouth can eventually lead to a condition called oral thrush, in which painful white patches form on the insides of your cheeks, tongue and throat.

You can prevent these issues with a few regular oral hygiene practices. First, control your blood glucose levels as your primary care physician has instructed. Second, brush your teeth and floss regularly. Third, visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and exam.

Is it that time of the year? You can book a dental checkup at Quality Dental Care in Vancouver, Washington by calling 360-448-7018. Dr. Bogdan Bodroug and our friendly dental staff are eager to hear from you.