Managing Diabetes is managing your Oral Health

Diabetes is an aggressive disease that affects the overall health of your body.

A 40 year study from Duke University published its findings that diabetic patients have two times more tooth loss than those that do not have the disease. Lead researcher Bei Wu makes note, “Foot care and eye care are on the top of their agenda, but dental care is not. Diabetics need to have regular dental care.”

What are the best ways to take control of my oral health?

First, maintain a healthy blood glucose level, which helps with avoiding dry mouth which can lead to discomfort and tooth decay.

Second, have regular 6 month appointments.

Third, keep up on brushing 2x and flossing daily. Regular oral care, along with avoiding smoking will help prevent fungal infections like thrush.

Learn more about the study here.

Learn more tips to maintain good oral health visit diabetes.org.

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