November is national diabetes month; an important time to understand the effect that diabetes has on your oral health. Diabetics know the importance of a proper diet to maintain appropriate blood sugar levels. There is also a connection between diet and oral health.
When a diabetic does not eat properly, it affects his blood sugar levels. A fact some diabetics do not know is the effects this can have on oral health. One example is a dry mouth. While a dry mouth can be uncomfortable, it is also harmful to the teeth. A dry mouth can contribute to your risk of developing gingivitis and tooth decay as well as infections of the mouth. This is in part due to the fact that the presence of saliva helps to wash away harmful bacteria, and keep them from sticking to your teeth.
This is only one reason why it is essential for those suffering from diabetes to maintain a healthy diet. It is also a reminder that it is important to have dental care on a regular basis. Even if you floss and brush at home, you need to eat the right foods and be sure to schedule your regular cleaning.
The relationship between diet and oral health and National Diabetes month make this the ideal time to assess your habits. Remind yourself to follow your doctor’s instructions for the foods you should eat and the foods you should avoid. If you have not seen a dentist within six months, contact Dana Walters DDS today.