Eating right and exercising can benefit your overall health, including your oral health.
It’s estimated that over 29 million Americans have diabetes. This chronic condition impacts the body, including the mouth, in a variety of ways. Maintaining good blood sugar levels is key to preventing damage to oral and overall health. If you have diabetes, Fairbanks AK dentists Dr. Fred Bast and Dr. John Bast at Bast Dental Clinic can help you maintain a healthy smile.
Uncontrolled diabetes can increase your risk of developing dental conditions that can take a toll on your smile and your whole-body health.
The bacteria in your mouth feed on the starches and sugars from foods and beverages and form plaque. Acids produced by plaque eat away at tooth enamel and dentin to cause cavities. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can contribute to and hasten this damaging cycle.
When plaque hardens under the gumline, it can irritate sensitive gum tissue and cause gingivitis, which is early stage gum disease. If not removed by a dental professional, plaque buildup can lead to more advanced forms of gum disease. People with uncontrolled diabetes have a diminished capacity to fight infection, which may enable gum disease to worsen and potentially cause tooth, gum, and bone loss.
Your Fairbanks AK dentist will work with to develop an oral healthcare regimen to preserve your smile. In addition to regular dental checkups and cleanings at Bast Dental Clinic, the following tips can help protect your smile — and your body:
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us today.