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You may be unaware of how diabetes can affect your smile. Studies show there is a link between blood sugar control and gum disease. In fact, nearly 30 million people living in the U.S. have diabetes. So, how does that affect your smile and what can you do about it?

Bacteria love to live inside your mouth, and if they decide to camp in your gums, you may end up with periodontal disease. This chronic, inflammatory disease can wreak havoc on your soft tissue, but it can also cause blood sugar to rise, which then increases your risk for diabetes. This assault can make diabetes harder to control, since you now have more chance of developing infections, with less ability to fight the bacteria.

The problem with serious periodontal disease is the risk of the teeth receding from the gums, which then results in tooth loss. However, diabetes can be controlled, along with gum disease, so the two may never collide. Here are some tips to help control both diseases:

-See our dentist, at The Dental Studio on 30th, for regular dental cleanings, X-rays, exams, and if needed, treatment
-Take your prescribed medication to control your diabetes, eat right, and establish a good exercise regimen, along with good gum care
-Brush twice daily with a soft brush and floss correctly
-Daily clean dentures, if you wear them
-Quit smoking

Taking these steps will help avoid potential problems, regarding gum disease interfering with diabetes. Contact Dr. Brett Riche to learn more about how diabetes can affect your smile in Farmington, New Mexico. We look forward to taking care of your dental care, so call us at 505.592.0477, today!