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If you are someone with diabetes, you know that you have to pay close attention to your blood sugar levels and that you need to monitor other aspects of your health. But have you made your dentist a part of your healthcare team? Your diabetes can have a serious impact on your oral health.

The disease may make you more susceptible to mouth infection and problems with tasting your food. Diabetes can cause your mouth to produce less saliva, leading to dry mouth. Dry mouth can contribute to gum disease and tooth decay. You may also have inflamed and bleeding gums. If you don’t control your blood sugar, you could be at a higher risk for periodontal disease. Controlling your blood sugar can also help your body fight bacteria and infections that cause oral health problems

People with diabetes should make sure to brush and floss on a regular basis and see their dentist for a deep cleaning, which is also called scaling and root planing. In fact, by taking care of your gums and addressing gum disease, it will be easier for you to control your blood sugar levels.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you should talk with Dr. Coley Ramsey at Next Level Dental in Smyrna, Tennessee. In addition to a consultation with you, the dentist may want to talk with your physician about coordinating your care. If you would like to make an appointment, you reach our office at 615-459-6354. We want to work with you to help create a healthy mouth and a healthy body.